In Nigeria, 7,710 babies are dying within the first month coming into this world. Around 58,000 mothers die during childbirth in Nigeria every year. Without proper healthcare and help , additional 72,000 of mothers will face life threatening conditions.
While Acess to medicine (ATM) are fundamental part of healthcare , 80% of Nigerian population still lack Acess to Medicine(ATM). Due to lack of access and affordability , vulnerable individuals and families cannot get the medicine to stay healthy. This issues and challenges that characterise Access to medicine in the country is multi-dimensional; On the supply side, constraints such as poor coordination of medicines procurement and supply; a poorly regulated and laisses-faire market where distributors add high mark ups without consideration of vulnerable consumers. On the Demand side: Low education, irrational use of medicines appear to be a direct factor of poor prescribing and dispensing practice.
All efforts at addressing the issue of school health programme in Nigeria have remained largely at policy level with minimal implementation, where any implementation has been attempted, the emphasis has been outside , rather than within schools. Our children school in unfavourable conditions that put them at risk of high incidence of parasitic infections, respiratory disease and skin disease. With frequent episode of illness, children are likely to record frequent episode of absenteeism, which in turn affects the child's educational progress. Biggest factor militating against the effectiveness includes low level of health knowledge amongst practicing teachers, high level of health misconceptions, lack of confidence and incompetence of legislation to protect school children from health risks in schools.
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