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WHO: FG Seeks Organization’s Support to Fight Corruption in Health Sector

Report indicated that the federal government on Monday sought the support of the World Health Organisation (WHO) incurbing corruption in Nigeria’s health sector following several indictments by foreign donors of diversion of funds particularly in the Federal Ministry of Health.

Consequently, the ministry has initiated plans to set up Efficiency Management Unit (EMU) to oversee the proper utilisation of funds in the ministry.

In recent times, the health ministry and some of its agencies and departments have been fingered by the Global Fund to have been involved in alleged diversion of funds meant for the fight against HIV/AIDS and malaria.

The magnitude of the alleged corruption and the threat by the Global Fund to withdraw its funding and support to Nigeria compelled President Muhammadu Buhari to order the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to probe the alleged stealing of Global Fund grants which Nigeria received between 2010 and 2014.

According to the Global Fund, in late 2014, the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) initiated an investigation into the expenditures of the Nigerian Government’s Department of Health Planning, Research & Statistics (DPRS), a sub-recipient of the National Agency for the Control of AIDS (NACA), the principal recipient of HIV/AIDS grants.

 

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