Nigeria’s National Health Bill: Recent Developments
The lack of health legislation, inadequate and sustainable funding of primary healthcare, and healthcare for the poor, the rural dwellers, and other vulnerable groups have long been identified as core issues inhibiting efficient and high quality health care delivery in Nigeria. To address these gaps health advocates pushed for the enactment of a health law to provide the necessary impetus to regulate and manage the industry in a holistic manner.
In 2004, the National Health Bill was introduced as an executive bill to the national assembly. The Bill was signed by President GoodLuck on December 9, 2014. The passage of this bill is seen as a major victory for women and children in Nigeria.For more information on the bill and its consequences for Nigeria, please download the summary below.
Nigeria’s National Health Bill Summary
one in 13 women die
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Every two minutes, a woman dies during pregnancy or childbirth. Nigeria has the second highest rate of maternal mortality in the world, and one in eight Nigerian children dies before their fifth birthday. The vast majority of these maternal, newborn, and child deaths are preventable.
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