Earlier this year, Kannywood Star Ali Nuhu and the ONE Campaign visited Kantudu community in Kano where they experienced first-hand, the stark reality of the health care crisis in Nigeria.
In Kantudu community, the health care centre is in tatters, ONE Campaign said. The centre lacks facilities, manpower and even medicine; women and children are the most vulnerable. With no ambulance in sight, the community employs the use of cows hitched to a cart to carry the ill to the medical centre.
According to the National Health Act 2014; all Nigerians shall be entitled to a basic minimum package of health services .Without this basic package of services, Nigerian mothers will continue to die at high rates during childbirth while others die from illnesses like diabetes, and the lack of emergency medical treatment for road traffic injuries.
Serah Makka-Ugbabe, the ONE in Nigeria Country Director said in a statement released in Abuja:
The Nigerian health sector remains in crisis. In the last decade we have not seen appreciable enhancements to the quality of healthcare for Nigerians. Instead, we have observed a decline. How long will we continue to accept such decay in the health sector? It is time for a step-change. It is time to ensure that all Nigerians have access to maternal, newborn, immunization, emergency and routine care at a minimum standard.