I will spend $33 million to end child mortality by 2015 says Jonathan
President Goodluck Jonathan today said he will commit $33.4 million over the next four years to procure medicines and commodities to prevent at least a million deaths of women and children by the year 2015.
The president made the pledge while launching Save One Million Lives Programme in the Presidential Villa, in line with the United Nations report which listed 13 commodities that could save some sixteen million lives.
The president said with the support from partnership, the country has so far been able to address diseases that account for over 50% of child mortality in the country.
President Jonathan urged all national governments in Africa to ensure the implementation of the plans and recommendations that will impact on the vulnerable segments of the population.
He says the launch of the programme in Nigeria is a reaffirmation of his commitment to enhanced access to life saving commodities for women and children and improvement on health for all.
President Goodluck Jonathan took time out to inspect some of the products on display at the launch venue.
It will be recalled that the United Nations Secretary General, Ban Ki Moon, has criticised the inequitable access to life saving medicines and health supplies encountered by women and children around the world and called on the global community to work together to save at least 16 million lives by 2015.