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[Correspondence] Institutional corruption, health-sector reforms, and health status in Nigeria

According to the Global Corruption Report,1 corruption in the health sector is a major challenge worldwide. Nigeria, as part of the global system, is not immune from such corruption. Many health-care professionals and health-care experts in Nigeria agree that institutional corruption is a major impediment to health-sector reforms and that corruption is responsible for the lack of improvement in the health of Nigerian people over past decades.2,3 The aims and objectives of most health ministry workers, civil servants, and political actors are often misaligned with efforts aimed at reforming the Nigerian health sector to improve health status.