Nigeria earmarks $80 million for health sector intervention

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The Nigerian Federal Government on Monday said it had set aside $80 million for health sector intervention in four North East states of Adamawa, Borno, Yobe and Gombe, affected by the Boko Haram insurgency.

Nigeria’s Minister of Health Isaac Adewole said on Tuesday in a statement that the money would be used to provide new healthcare facilities and upgrade existing ones in the four states.

He added that more than 200,000 malnourished children would also be treated in the states as part of the intervention in the next three months.

‘The essence is to restore the children’s hope of growing as responsible adults,’ he said.

He noted that the University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital (UMTH) would also benefit from the intervention fund.

According to the minister, the UMTH will be upgraded and make its facilities first class in all ramifications.

The minister added that the government would also establish a trauma centre at the university as part of the intervention.

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