The World Health Organisation (WHO) has earmarked a whooping $127 million which represents 66 per cent of its biennium programme budget of 2018 to 2019 for polio eradication programmes in Nigeria.
This is even as the global health body has disclosed that it will spend $178 million from 2018 to 2019 on health related issues in Nigeria. Out of this figure, $30 million will be spend on communicable diseases projects such as malaria, tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS within the period under review.
The WHO Country Representative, Dr Wondimagegnehu Alemu, disclosed this at a joint approval of the biennium WHO programme Budget of 2018 to 2019 with the Minister of Health, Prof Isaac Adewole in Abuja.
According to him, $8.1 million out of the $178 million is earmarked for promotion of health care through reduction of maternal and child mortality as well as family planning.
He noted that the remaining funds would be used for emergencies arising from of outbreak of diseases.
While noting that there would be consultative meetings among partners and stakeholders to ensure effective implementation of the budget, Alemu said that the budged has been approved by the WHO regional office.
Speaking, the Minister of Health, Isaac Adewole, commended WHO for its efforts to boost health sector in Nigeria.
He reiterated that Nigeria had received a lot of supports from the WHO, insisting that the signing of the budget was an evident of continued support of WHO to Nigeria.