As the world grapples with combatting Covid 19, the Borno State Government says fourty percent of its budget is spent on security matters.
While the state through a Task Force against the spread of corona virus is dealing with the pandemic on one hand, the Boko Haram threat is taking its toll on resources available to the government, according to Governor Babagana Zulum.
Governor Zulum was speaking when officials of the Borno State chapter of Nigerian Medical Association visited him at the government house to submit a health system compendium.
Part of the recommendations of the NMA is for increased funding for the health sector which gets 15 per cent allocation on the maximum at the moment.
The NMA through it’s state Chairman Professor Mohammed Kodiya says the Covid 19 has made bare shortcomings of the health sector, urging the government to review upwards the maximum allocation.
Governor Zulum has assured of a review explaining that security takes the chunk of the state’s income while other sectors compete for the available resources.
Professor Kodiya highlights the need for welfare of health workers who are now frontliners, with over twenty infected in the line of duty.
The compendium submitted is a roadmap for not only winning the fight against Covid 19, but also a guide for universal health coverage according to Kodiya.
The Borno State Government has proposed a budget of 134.5bn for the year 2020; 15 per cent of that amounting to 11.6bn is allocated to the health sector.