Nigeria's population is over 170 million and the growth rate has continued to rise over the years.

So much of this population has not been harnessed by the government and the Minister of Health, Professor Isaac Adewole believes this growth if not checked 'is a disaster waiting to happen'. 

He wants collective advocacy toward its control.

"We cannot allow our population to double in 2020.

"I fear its explosion which will lead to more problems. Demographic dividends should be the expectation instead of demographic disasters," the minister warned.

Professor Adewole made gave the warning at the inauguration of a group of eminent Nigerians brought together to form the National Advocates for Health (NAH).

At the inauguration ceremony held in Abuja, the Minister urged members to “help change the narrative on health at different levels in the country".

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He wants the advocates to use their influence and network to canvass for improved health service delivery in the country, especially at the
grassroots.

He also called for the promotion of systems approach to healthcare delivery in Nigeria and promised Federal Government’s commitment toward improved systems that would accommodate issues of family planning.

Members of the group of advocates were selected and trained in April 2017 by Health Policy Project, funded by USAID.

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