The Impact of COVID-19 on the Nigerian Health Sector

“The darkest part of the night is just before the dawn”

The current coronavirus pandemic has been described by many as a health menace and a wealth destroyer. Its impact on the economy as a whole, commerce, and its role in increasing unemployment rates, poverty, hunger, and crime is one that leaves a lot to be desired with the state of the Nigerian economy even before the outbreak of COVID-19.

Focusing more on the health sector, a new dawn seems to be on the horizon. This current pandemic has indeed proven that “Health is wealth” and for a country like Nigeria that gives just 5% of it’s national revenue to the Health sector, this might just be the rude awakening necessary for our government to understand the implications of such actions.

Perhaps Nigeria as a whole would henceforth re-prioritize the Health of its citizens knowing that though health is not everything but without health we have nothing. With this, the current unpalatable situation might just give birth to the morning we sought for all along.

By Somi.

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