The Minister of State for Health, Osaghe Ehanire, has expressed the commitment of Federal Government to boost healthcare financing in line with the Abuja Declaration.

The minister made this known during the community outreach programme aimed at increasing TB case finding in Abuja.

The programme, organised by the National TB and Leprosy Control Programme of the Federal Ministry of Health, is part of the activities to commemorate the 2019 World TB day.

The event scheduled for March 24 has its theme “It’s time’’ with a slogan “End TB in Nigeria,Keep the promise, find TB, treat TB’’.

The minister said, Federal Government is going to be asking for 15 per cent of the national budget to be allocated for funding the health sector.

He said the Abuja Declaration suggested that countries must try to allocate at least 15 per cent of their annual budget to increase health funding.

The minister said the country has a lot of health challenges and TB was one of them.