Nigeria: Health Care Spending Lags Behind Abuja Declaration

File: Despite several promises by current and past administrations, Nigeria continues to suffer from poorly funded health care systems.
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Nigeria’s government in 2001 pledged, along with all African Union countries, to set aside 15 percent of its annual budget for spending on health care. But the country has never come close to reaching that goal. The result is that up to 70 percent of medical spending is out of pocket, forcing many of those with sudden health problems into debt, poverty or an early grave.

Timothy Obiezu reports from Abuja I VOA

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