Nigeria’s health sector gets N1.2 billion boost

Timothy Choji, Abuja

A pharmaceutical company, Reckitt Benkisser, is to partner with Nigeria in tackling preventable diseases that affect mostly children.

Managing Director of the company in charge of West Africa, Mr Rahul Murgai, disclosed this to  journalists at the Presidential Villa Abuja, after a visit to Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo.

He said the company will invest one point two billion naira in the country, to help tackle diarrhea and other diseases.

“We are investing close to N7.2 billion naira in three countries, where we are investing N1.2bn in Nigeria. Our global vision is to create healthier lives and happy homes,” he said.

He said the company wants to promote a culture of good health and hygiene, especially in rural areas, in order to secure the future of Nigerian children.

Mr Murgai said the package was in line with the World Health Organization’s seven point programme on health.

“The whole purpose of this programme is to work in line with the seven point programme of the World Health Programme, which is aimed at saving lives,” The Managing Director stated.

Explaining why Nigeria was chosen as one of the beneficiaries of the global support programme, he said: “We chose Nigeria because of the rate of deaths from diarrhea. Nearly a hundred thousand children are lost to the disease every year and it is our duty as corporate citizens and a society to be able to save our children,”

The Managing Director said the company already has a pilot scheme programme on tackling diarrhea in Shomolu Local Government Area of Lagos state, South West Nigeria.