26 February 2008

Nigeria: WHO Calls for Transparency

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has warned that Nigeria can only access donor funds to address its pressing health issues if it has a transparent and accountable government.

The Director General of WHO, Dr Margaret Chan, who made this known during an interactive session with journalist said that donor countries will no longer put its fund where no results are being achieved.

She said: "There is no lack of resources in the health sector. In fact, in the last 10 years, financial resources have been tremendous. Big donor agencies have come in to support the sector.

"Yes, there are funding gaps and we can mobilise resources to cover those gaps, but my interaction with donors have always zeroed in on transparency. What they want to see is results.

"If they see that a government is transparent, they are ready to pour in money. We can help mobilise these funds, but you have to be transparent or else they won't bring the money here."

Chan challenged Nigeria to capture the political will and technical capabilities of its professionals in order to effectively overcome its negative indices in the health sector.

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