The Minister of Health, Isaac Adewole, recently announced at a town hall meeting and policy dialogue for good governance jointly organised by the Alumni Association of the National Institute (AANI) and Federal Ministry of Information and Culture, that Nigeria would end malaria mortality by 2020.
“We have set some timeframe for ourselves. We are committed to reducing maternal mortality before the life span of this administration. “We want to end malaria mortality by the end of 2020,’’ he said.
According to the minister, the government was at the verge of putting forward a new health policy for the country of which previous attempts have been made in 1988 and 2004 with little success.
This year, the government is expected to design a new health policy deliberately captured to promote the health of Nigerians and to accelerate socio-economic development.
The minister also said that the 2016 budget features three prominent areas in the health sector – immunization, management of disease outbreak, maternal and child mortality. Aside this, the government has secured a $500 million loan from the World Bank to address maternal and child mortality, not depending on the budget entirely.
Whilst partnering with the states, the government has launched a new programme called “Better Health for All Nigerians’’, an initiative for taking care of the poor people.