Nigeria has been a WHO member country for so long but yet still ranks low (187th out of 191 member countries) in the healthcare system performance index. In passing of the recently celebrated World Health day on the 7th of April, 2019 with the theme “Health for all”, the message for the year is that universal health coverage is attainable. This message exposes the fact that despite the progress being made in countries all over the world, millions of people still don’t have access to healthcare.
Nigeria was poorly ranked in the first global healthcare access report and is one of the countries that’s still struggling to make healthcare services available and accessible to all its citizens. How do you think inadequate facilities, low allocation of funds, lack of enabling environment for medical personnel, corruption and political instability influence access to healthcare? What other barriers are there to accessing healthcare in Nigeria? Does Nigeria lack the fundamental framework for a functional health system?