Africa has largest diseases in the world, carries 80% of global malaria burden – World Bank
Khama Rogo, a World Bank Officer has observed that Africa has the largest burden of diseases in the world, and the lowest in accessible healthcare delivery to its citizenry.
Rogo who is the Lead Health Specialist in Africa, World Bank Group, made this observation when he led officials of World Bank and Pharm Access on a courtesy call on the Kwara State Governor, Abdulfatah Ahmed at Government House, Ilorin, the state capital.
Rogo attributed the current state of health in Africa to inadequate finances compared to its rapidly growing population and poverty level.
The Health Specialist identified health financing as the most important intervention in the health sector anywhere in the world. He commended the Kwara State government for its plan to make the Community Health Insurance Scheme a state wide programme in line with the Universal Health Coverage.
Speaking further, Rogo expressed readiness of his group to support the state government in providing affordable and accessible healthcare delivery to the people of the state.
In his response, Kwara State Governor, Abdulfatah Ahmed disclosed that the state would soon establish an agency to manage and finance its health insurance scheme on a sustainable platform. Saying, the agency will be supported with personnel to drive the concept of financing healthcare in the state.
Ahmed explained that the Community Health Insurance Scheme would draw support from private sector and create strong sense of trust in managing the scheme.
“One of the most critical issues of productivity is health, and it is imperative to deploy resources for improved productivity. As we begin 2018 budgetary process, special attention will be given to health sector to complement what is being done in the Community Health Insurance Scheme,” said Ahmed.
The Governor added that arrangements were in top gear to link the scheme with Kwara Resident Identification Card with a view to making the state plan adequately for health service delivery and make the state second to none in healthcare delivery in the country.
Meanwhile, The World Health Organization’s National Protection Officer for Malaria, North West Zone, Nigeria, Jalal Saleh has said that Africa carries 80% of malaria burden in the world, with Nigeria and Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) sharing a regrettable 40% of the burden.
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