Journal of Food, Agriculture and Environment

Vol 9, Issue 3&4,2011
Online ISSN: 1459-0263
Print ISSN: 1459-0255

An appraisal of Nigeria’s health sector and its healthcare delivery system


Yemisi I. Ogunlela

Recieved Date: 2011-04-09, Accepted Date: 2011-10-17


The healthcare system in Nigeria deserves urgent attention in view of its health indicators and statistics that are less than desirable. A worrisome statistic is the fact that although Nigeria accounts for 2 percent of the worlds total population, she accounts for some 10 percent of the worlds infant and maternal mortality. Consequently, the Federal Government has made deliberate attempts to rehabilitate the health sector through a series of reforms. This paper takes stock of the health sector with a view to identify its various challenges and proffer the way forward. A distinct feature of the country’s healthcare service and management is its decentralization at the three-tier levels and its attendant ambiguities. The series of reforms in the sector and the fledging public-private partnership have helped to advance the course of the sector. There is need for the various stakeholders in the sector to strive and turn around the fortunes of the sector and reposition it. Special attention should be given to provision to the provision of healthcare services to rural areas after many years of neglect. Much more work still needs to be done if the country’s health sector is to be moved to an enviable position.


Healthcare, health reforms, health sector, Nigeria, public-private partnership

Journal: Journal of Food, Agriculture and Environment
Year: 2011
Volume: 9
Issue: 3&4
Category: Food and Health
Pages: 81-84

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