18/12/2017 Blog

Nigeria’s Health System in Figures

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I. Number of registered healthcare professionals

  • Doctors – 40,000
  • Nurses and midwives – 125,000
  • Pharmacists – 12,000
  • Radiographers – 500
  • Nigeria-trained doctors in diaspora – 15,000

 

II. Number of registered health facilities

  • Hospitals – 34,000
  • Medical Laboratories/ Diagnostic Centres – 10,000
  • Licenced Pharmacies – 3,600

 

 III. Number of Registered Hospitals by Ownership

  • Private Hospitals – 11,400
  • Public Hospitals – 23,000

 

IV. Number of Registered Hospitals by Type

  • Primary – 30,300
  • Secondary – 4,000
  • Tertiary – 100

V. Doctor to Patient Ratio

  • WHO recommendation – 1:600
  • Nigeria – 1:6000

 

VI. Life Expectancy

  • Nigeria – 52 years
  • Japan – 83 years

 

VII. Sources of Healthcare Funding

  • Household out-of-pocket  – 70%
  • Government expenditure – 19%
  • Health insurance – 7%
  • Donors’ fund – 4%

 

2 thoughts on “Nigeria’s Health System in Figures

  1. It’s amazing how much people have to cough up for their healthcare. The insurance percentage has to go up. The question how can that be done???

    1. Hi Olawale, this is an important question have raised. This is where the role of the National Health Insurance Scheme and other policy formulators come in.

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