Health stories that made Nigeria’s headlines in 2019


The outgoing 2019 was an eventful year for the health sector in Nigeria and across the world.

Stories on appointments, controversies, medical breakthroughs, fatal outbreaks of disease and resurgence of some eliminated diseases in some countries made the headlines in the year. Below is a recap of some of the major ones.

1. Buhari rolls out Basic Health Care Provision Fund

The health sector in Nigeria started on a positive note as President Muhammadu Buhari, on January 8, rolled out the Basic Health Care Provision Fund (BHCPF) appropriated by the National Assembly in the 2018 budget.

The BHCPF is the one per cent of the federal government Consolidated Revenue and contributions from donor grants set aside to fund the basic health needs of Nigerians.

It is the fundamental funding…



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