The Nigerian disdain for data unfortunately extends to the public health sector. At great intolerable costs!  Even where systems for amassing vital health information exist, often they operate only half-heartedly.  Parameters are hardly harmonized across several stakeholder institutions;  quality assurance mechanism on the data stored are often absent; and it is only in few situations that the records are electronically available for remote access and interrogation.  On the other hand, the end users who should be interested in these data as input in their own decision-making processes seem unperturbed.  Often, statistics spurted out by private foreign organizations are uncritically cited and utilized for taking high-level decisions with far-reaching consequences on public health in the country.  Worst of all, even well-documented and generally available reliable statistics on environmental and social determinants of public health are just plain ignored by responsible authorities in the face of other interests such as politics and economics.