The Civil Society in Malaria Immunisation and Nutrition (ACOMIN) has tasked both the Federal and State governments on the need to commit more funds to the fight against malaria, HIV and tuberculosis.
ACOMIN lamented that the inability of government to adequately fund the health sector has led to the increase in the mortality rate malaria, HIV, tuberculosis and other preventable diseases.
The Ogun state Coordinator of ACOMIN, Mrs Olufunmilayo Olatunji made the call on Friday at an advocacy media meeting of stakeholders in the health sector, in Abeokuta, the state capital.
She lamented the non availability of drugs and test kits for malaria, HIV and tuberculosis at public health facilities, saying millions of Nigerians still lack access to treatment of preventable diseases.
“Government is not funding health services very well. As at now, there are some drugs and test kits that are needed for all these diseases which are not available. HIV test kit is very scarce in all the health centres.
“Government must support health services very well and provide what is needed. Some consumables are not available in public health facilities.
“The treatment of malaria and tuberculosis is supposed to be free in public health facilities, but the health workers in connivance with the government have devised means of collecting money from patients through various hidden charges.
“It is regrettable that the government have starved the heath sector of funds making the eradication of diseases like malaria and tuberculosis impossible in the country.
When patients are supposed to have free treatment for malaria, the health workers will ask them to pay for some consumables which is not supposed to be so.
“Funding is the major impediment to eradicating these diseases (malaria, HIV and tuberculosis) in Nigeria.
“Funding is the major problem with government if the government is ready to fund health adequately other stakeholders will work better with the government”, Olatunji said.