The failure to promptly investigate the alleged missing health funds, bring suspected perpetrators to justice and to recover any missing public funds has continued to have serious implications for the ability of the government particularly the health ministry and agencies under its control to meet the health needs of socially and economically vulnerable Nigerians
â€œhis failure to probe allegations that N3,836,685,213.13 of public funds meant for the Federal Ministry of Health, teaching hospitals, medical centres, and National Food Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) are missing, mismanaged, diverted or stolen.
for a ‘routine‘ medical check-up at a time when the country’s resident
doctors are on strike over unpaid wages, danger allowances, and COVID-19
treatment incentives, leaving millions of poor Nigerians without access
to medical care.
â€œan order of mandamus directing and compelling President Buhari to investigate alleged missing N3.8bn health funds, and to promptly investigate the extent and patterns of widespread corruption in the Federal Ministry of Health, teaching hospitals, medical centres and NAFDACâ€.
â€œCorruption in the health sector
exacerbates inequality in already unequal and unfair political, social,
and economic environments, and produces a â€˜cash and carryâ€™ health care
system based on oneâ€™s ability to pay for care or oneâ€™s political
â€œtransparency and accountability
in the management of health funds is essential for promoting access of
people living in poverty to physical and mental healthcare, satisfactory
health conditions, equality and non-discrimination, development, as
well as good governance and the rule of law.â€
â€œThe failure to investigate the alleged missing health funds, bring suspected perpetrators to justice, and to recover any missing public funds has exposed millions of poor Nigerians to serious health risks, amounting to violations of constitutional and international human rights and anti-corruption obligations.â€
â€œThe fight against corruption in the health sector is vital for the effective enjoyment of the right to health by socially and economically vulnerable Nigerians, which in turn is essential to all aspects of a personâ€™s life and well-being, and to the realisation of all the other fundamental human rights.â€
â€œCorruption in the health sector forces socially and economically vulnerable Nigerians to seek health services and treatment in unsafe and unregulated environments, leaving them susceptible to avoidable injuries and death.
â€œPoor Nigerians are not enjoying the right to health maximally because the Nigerian government is failing to address systemic corruption in the health sector, thereby rendering the authorities incapable of providing the basic amenities, infrastructure and resources that facilitate the full enjoyment of the right to health.
â€œA corrupt and dysfunctional health care system can hardly fulfil the physical and health needs of citizens. Such a system denies people access to the highest attainable standard of health care and simultaneously undermines their ability to pursue personal development and prosperity.
â€œThe Nigerian government has the legal obligations to take the necessary
measures to protect the health of the Nigerian people and to ensure
that they receive medical attention when they are sick.
means taking prompt measures to investigate the alleged missing health
funds, to ensure that health systems can deliver quality health care and
services in an equal and non-discriminatory manner.
to promptly investigate the alleged missing health funds, bring
suspected perpetrators to justice and to recover any missing public
funds has continued to have serious implications for the ability of the
government particularly the health ministry and agencies under its
control to meet the health needs of socially and economically vulnerable
â€œBy the combined reading of the Nigerian Constitution
of 1999 [as amended], the Public Procurement Act, and the countryâ€™s
obligations including under the International Covenant on Economic,
Social and Cultural Rights, President Buhari and his government have
legal duties to promptly probe allegations of corruption in the spending
of health funds, and to ensure access of poor Nigerians to quality