Former president, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo says Nigeria loses about N300billion yearly to prevent and treat malaria amongst Nigerians.
Obasanjo, who spoke at the launch and endowment for the proposed University of Medicine and Medical Studies to be built by the management of the Federal Medical Centre, Abeokuta, said that cost spent on treating some of these disease was as a result of government inability to provide quality environment for Nigerians to live.
He also disclosed that 43 per cent of the population lacks access to safe water, 37 per cent lacks access to adequate sanitation and about 40 per cent lacks access to public health services.
“Nigeria loses about N300bn annually to the prevention and treatment of malaria, including the loss of man-hours and diminished productivity. These alarming statistics are further worsened by a number of infrastructural deficiencies.
“It is common knowledge that 43 per cent of the population lacks access to safe water, 37 per cent lacks access to adequate sanitation and about 40 per cent lacks access to public health services.
“Apart from the endemic diseases, the rising number of non-communicable and life-threatening diseases like diabetes mellitus, hypertension, chronic kidney diseases, cancers of the breast and cervix among our women, prostate and colon cancer among men is alarming.
“There is also a challenge of malnutrition and food security in the country.”
By Augustine Akhilomen