Poor domestic revenue, reason for poor healthcare in Nigeria, says Bill Gates

PARIS, FRANCE - APRIL 16: Co-chairman and co-founder of the The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Bill Gates speaks to the media after his meeting with French president Emmanuel Macron at the Elysee Palace on April 16, 2018 in Paris, France. (Photo by Chesnot/Getty Images)

American billionaire and philanthropist, Bill Gates, has attributed Nigeria’s inability to have a viable Healthcare sector to her low domestic revenue generation.

He noted that Nigeria has one one of the lowest domestic revenues at just six per cent of GDP compared to 15 per cent in some other countries.

Gates said this via a teleconference with select journalists ahead of the release of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’s Goalkeepers report 2019.

The Microsoft co-founder said the government also needed to do more to gain the confidence of the people because the citizens could be discouraged from paying taxes if they see that taxes are not being properly utilised.

Further speaking, Gate said, “If I had one wish for Nigeria, it would be that the quality and funding of the primary health care system would achieve the level of some other countries that are lower income but have done a better job with the primary health care system. So, it definitely is doable,”

The philanthropist said now that the country had virtually defeated polio, his foundation would look at strengthening health care centres.

He said his foundation had been collaborating with Aliko Dangote in helping Nigeria to address some of its challenges.

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