By Asmau Ahmad
The National Primary Healthcare Development Agency (NPHCDA) has said over 70 per cent of medical drugs being dispensed in Nigeria are substandard.
The agency added that the majority of Nigerians did not have access to health services.
The NPHCDA disclosed this on its website ahead of the Primary Healthcare Summit tagged: ‘Re-imaging Primary Health Care in Nigeria.’
According to the agency, the country is faced with a number of healthcare challenges.
“Majority of Nigerians do not have access to health services; 20 per cent of all maternal deaths globally occur in Nigeria; infant mortality occurs at a rate of 19 deaths per 1,000 births; children under five are dying at a rate of 128 per 1,000; over 70 per cent of medical drugs dispensed in Nigeria are substandard.
“The weaknesses of the PHC system led to the under-utilisation of the PHC, resulting in significant burden within the health sector, with patients over-lying on tertiary and secondary health care services.
“Exorbitant health expenditures to access care place huge financial burdens on households and drive poverty.”