The Federal Government has approved the biennium World Health Organisation’s (WHO) Budget of 2018 and 2019, with sixty two percent of the amount to be spent on polio.
This was said during the sealing of the agreement by the ministry and WHO which held in Abuja.
The WHO Country Representative, Wondimagegnehu Alemu, said $127 million, representing 66 per cent of the budget, would be spent on polio eradication programmes.
He said that $30 million would be expended on communicable disease projects such as malaria, tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS within the period under review.
According to him, $8.1 million is earmarked for promotion of health care through reduction of maternal and child mortality as well as family planning.
The Minister of Health, Isaac Adewole commended WHO for its efforts to boost the health sector.
“I am also happy on what is earmarked for communicable and tropical diseases; a chunk will go into that area.
“On behalf of the people and the government of Nigeria, I wish to express appreciation for the support we have been receiving from WHO, we are indeed grateful” he said.