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Lancet calls for overhaul of Nigerian health policy

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Report points to political failures in delivering promised health gains

Nigeria, one of Africa’s largest economies and its most populous country, needs a political overhaul to boost health outcomes, a Lancet Commission has recommended. 

Nigeria is the first country in Africa to be the sole focus of a Lancet Commission, which studies health problems and proposes ways to solve them through policy change. There have been 84 commissions to date, on issues ranging from antibiotic resistance to diabetes in Africa. Only a handful have dealt with a single country.

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