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WHO: Poverty Increases in Nigeria Due To Health Issues

On Thursday, during the induction ceremony for the newly appointed state commissioners of health, Kazadi Mulombo, the World Health Organisation (WHO) representative in Nigeria, disclosed more Nigerians are slipping into poverty as a result of health-related issues.

The event held in Abuja, was organised by the Nigeria Health Commissioners’ Forum (NHCF) with support from the secretariat of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) and other health partners.

Emphasising the responsibilities of the Commissioners in achieving Universal Health Coverage (UHC) and health security in Nigeria, Mulombo stressed the need for unconventional approaches in the Nigerian health sector.

“With the ongoing increase in the burden of non-communicable diseases alongside communicable diseases and high out-of-pocket health expenses, more Nigerians are falling into poverty due to ill health, and many lack access to essential health services.

Mulombo reassured WHO’s commitment to collaborating with the Commissioners to turn health policies into effective actions and emphasised that, “As leaders in the health sector, it is now more critical than ever to keep primary healthcare at the top of your governments’ agendas and ensure substantial investments in its development.”