The Nigerian Governors Forum (NGF) has called for an increase in funding from one per cent to three per cent for the provision of basic healthcare in order to achieve Universal Health Coverage (UHC).
Alhaji Aminu Tambuwal, NGF Chairman and Governor of Sokoto State, made the call at a high-level forum on the SDG panel discussion on "Universal Coverage and Basic Health Fund" on the sidelines of the 28th Nigerian Economic Summit.
Tambuwal said that increased funding would ensure more Nigerians had access to healthcare services and would reduce the out-of-pocket burden for healthcare services.
“On financing, we have defended in this interactive session that, since the basic health provision fund law says that at least one percent must be allocated annually.
“We can trust that provision that says at least go up to two or three percent,” he said.
He pointed out that inadequate financing and human resources, as well as insecurity were the downfall for the effective implementation of the Basic Primary Health Care Fund (BPHC) in the country.
“That's another solution to funding constraints and then private sector participation in funding and all of the partners that are in health care should possibly provide some funding to the primary health care projects that we're doing. in all our states.
“Insecurity demands collective efforts as the federal government and states are doing everything they can to ensure we stem the tide, so it is an ongoing effort.
“We have to work hard to improve the packaging and well-being of our medical staff, both in the federal and state governments, so that we can stop the brain drain problem and challenge in Nigeria,” he said.
Speaking about the proposed state tax financing for health, Tambuwal assured that the issue will be brought up at the next meeting of the Economic Council for deliberation and possible outcomes.
“We will present it at the next meeting of the economic council that the president will preside over, where the minister will attend and all the state governors are expected to attend.
“And once we have the consensus from the governors and the NEC, we believe it will go into effect,” he said.
For her part, the Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Hajiya Zainab Ahmed, said that a framework had been designed to monitor and ensure accountability in the disbursement and utilization of HMOs from the Basic Health Care Provision Fund (BHCPF). ).
“In order to isolate the Fund for Basic Medical Care, we have taken steps to place them in the front line category, which means that, on a constant basis, one percent was accumulated from the federal account to that fund.
“We want to make sure that what is provided is used and used correctly.
“For our part, we have committed to ensuring increased funding for the health sector, not only for the fund, but also for the public health sector in general.
“In the 2023 budget, the total aggregate budget for the Health sector is 8 percent,” he said.
In addition, Dr. Chris Isokpunwu, Director and Secretary of the Ministerial Oversight Committee (MOC), BHCPF, highlighted the need to block leaks and institutionalize accountability, as well as increase contributory funding for the BHCPF to 25 percent.
Isokpunwu revealed that according to available statistics, one trillion naira was needed annually to effectively cover basic health care for Nigerians.
“There are at least 86 million to 100 million Nigerians as each of our recipients will pay 12,000 naira per year for now.
“So if we have 86 million people on board at N12,000, that's about a trillion naira including operating cost and all of that per year, because the premium will pay for each of our recipients for one year.
“So every year we have to pay for those beneficiaries until they get out of poverty. The whole essence of this is to reduce the out-of-pocket expenses of Nigerians,” he said.
On counter-financing, Isokpunwu added that “states must demonstrate in their budgets that they have released an amount equal to 25 percent of what we have disbursed to them for primary health care and social health insurance services.
“Any state that has met that condition will appear to have met it and qualified for additional spending,” he said.
==============Edited /Sadiya Hamza
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Health Minister Dr. Osagie Ehanire says the country has not yet met its commitment to allocate 15 percent of the annual budget to health.
Ehanire had this to say in Abuja when he appeared at the Nigerian News Agency's ministerial forum in Abuja.
reports that the 2001 African Union (AU) meeting in Abuja, which hosted heads of state, pledged to devote at least 15 percent of their annual budgets to the health sector.
However, even with the increase in the health allocation from N9 billion in 2022 to N1.58 trillion in the projected budget for 2023, the target is not achieved, as it does not reach 15 percent of the country's budget as promised. .
The minister therefore explained that there are many competing priorities, as there are many things that need to be addressed.
He said that budgets for issues that have to do with education, sanitation and hygiene, among others, were not added to the health budget, because those issues were handled by the Ministry of Education or the Ministry of Agriculture and Environment.
He, however, said that “we are pleased to have an increase in this year's budget allocation compared to last year.
Health Minister Osagie Ehanire (M) flanked by
crew on the forum
“We also know that other health expenses do not necessarily add up, for example, what are the state budgets?
“If you want to know how much Nigeria spent on health, you have to look at the federal and state budgets, and look at other spending that is not necessarily directly captured in the allocation to the health sector.
"The allocation to education to train nurses and doctors, for example, is also part of health spending."
Regarding the Fund for the Provision of Basic Medical Care (BHCPF) established in 2014 under the National Health Law as catalytic financing to improve access to Primary Health Care, he said that the fund is supposed to serve the health of the vulnerable segment of the population in the country. .
The BHCPF, he added, serves as a fund for the Basic Minimum Package of Health Services (BMPHS) aimed at increasing fiscal space for health, strengthening the national health system, particularly in PHCs for the cost of routine daily operation and guarantee access to health care for all, particularly the poor.
The minister therefore said that the direct flow of funds to the facility was ongoing and the ministry is still monitoring the situation.
He said the ministry is still learning with every move as more than a million Nigerians have signed up so far.
According to him, the ministry also expects more funding as the new law begins to roll out for the National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA).
The minister said this would increase fiscal space for health and also the involvement of partners and donors looking to increase the number of people covered by insurance.
He added that “we have many lessons that we are learning in the flow of BHCPF funds to care for both the vulnerable and the poor.”
The minister also explained the task of the National Emergency Medical Treatment Committee (NEMTC), which is responsible for starting the pilot phase of the National Emergency Medical Service and Ambulance System (NEMSA) to facilitate access to first aid and medical care. in life-threatening situations. .
According to him, the committee will implement a public-private ambulance service system for Nigeria to join other countries in the world that have a national emergency medical service.
He said Nigerians who need emergency medical attention can call a three-digit number: 112 and receive an answer immediately.
He added that “the ministry is working with the private sector on the pay-for-work principle.
“For every classification that is made, whether it is from the sector or from the public sector ambulance, payment for the service is not required immediately, because it is done through the NHIA.
“We are working closely with the NHIA to put together a platform to determine the accredited ambulances and accredited hospitals to work with.
“We will develop a template to reimburse those who provide services so that the patient is not asked to pay anything at the point of care.”
Ehanire said the system has taken off in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) in a pilot study, adding that the NEMTC is preparing to start in four other states.
He said he could not determine the number of ambulances available at this time, but both state and federal ambulances would participate.
He added that “ambulances are accredited for mechanical strength and for the training of paramedics.
“In the FCT there are about 60 ambulances, of which about 20 are from their own sector. The rest are federal and state ambulances. The private sector is a bit wary of trying to see how it works, but it's worked pretty well so far.
“Some clips have shown that they have made an exemplary collaboration between the private and private sectors. The public sector has been tested and validated, ”she said.
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The Nigerian Governors Forum (NGF) has raised concerns about the preponderance of doctors seeking greener pastures abroad, to the detriment of the country.
Forum Chairman Governor Aminu Tambuwal expressed his concern when he paid a courtesy call to the Minister of Health (FMOH), Dr. Osagie Ehanire, in Abuja.
In a statement signed by Tambuwal's special adviser, media and publicity on Sunday in Abuja, the governor called for urgent action to deal with the threat.
“We are witnessing a brain drain over the years. It's alarming. And I think it has something to do with the well-being of the medical staff.
"I urge the Federal Government to do something about it urgently," he said.
The NGF chairman also urged the federal government to push for the realization of the 25 percent needed to ensure universal health care coverage for all Nigerians, under the Basic Health Care Provision Fund (BHCPF).
According to him, the governors are eager to build a resilient health care platform, committed to routine immunization and total polio eradication, in collaboration with global and local partners.
He, however, said his efforts would be in vain if the alarming trend continues unchecked.
“There are challenges, but much has been achieved, particularly in the effort to address the COVID-19 pandemic, which saw Nigeria rank fourth out of 54 African countries in the Global Health Security Index for 2021.
While praising the Federal Government for the initiative to establish the BHCPF, Tambuwal stressed that the drive to make the fund realistic must not wane.
He assured the government and the FMOH of transparency and accountability in the management of the fund by the states, noting, however, that the disbursement will be based on the performance of the recipient states.
“Health remains our priority as governors with a focus on building a resilient health care platform committed to routine immunization and the total eradication of polio in the country.
Ehanire, in his speech, corroborated the governor on the issue of brain drain, pointing out that 3,000 doctors graduate annually in the country.
However, according to the minister, of that number, 1,000 leave the country each year.
He said this was despite efforts by the Federal Government to create more space to employ these staff in the face of growing demands for higher pay.
“Of the doctors, those who are least likely to stay in the country, and for whom the incentive to do so is abysmal, are experienced consultants.
“They are the ones we are most concerned about because it takes a lot of money to train them and it is difficult to meet their expectations.”
The minister urged other state governors to emulate the Sokoto state government, which he says devotes a lot of resources to training doctors, who are subsequently hired.
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The Kwara Government has enrolled additional 21,750 indigents into free health insurance package for the next one year.
Gov. AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq disclosed this at the official launch of the Phase II of health insurance enrollment in Ilorin.
AbdulRazaq, who was represented by the Secretary to the State Government, Prof. Mamman Jibril, said that with the 21,750 indigents newly enrolled into the state free health insurance scheme, the administration was making another landmark achievement in the health sector.
He added that 29,000 Kwarans sponsored through the FG-funded Basic Health Care Provision Fund (BHCPF), which the state invested in, the new enrollees bring the total beneficiaries of free healthcare in the state to 51,750 for 2022-2023.He said the administration has invested heavily in the procurement of new medical equipment and employment of health personnel to boost the state’s capacity to deliver quality healthcare services to average residents.
He said the programme was organised by the Kwara Health Insurance Agency (KWHIA) under Dr Olubunmi Jettawo-Winter.
He said the scheme cover antenatal care, deliveries, surgeries, diabetes and asthma, among other chronic and non-chronic illnesses for the beneficiaries.
“This explains why our state is emerging as a bright spot in national health indices,” he said.
“This did not just happen.
It is all a culmination of our serious efforts in the sector.
“Our investments in new medical gadgets, facilities and personnel have boosted our capacity to offer improved healthcare delivery,” he said.
The governor said for the first time in the state, the administration has made available N100 million equity funds to enroll the indigents.
He added that the government has also paid the counterpart funds that qualified Kwara to be part of the BHCPF programme of the Federal Government.
He commended the management of KWHIA for doing a good job and appreciated the people of the state for their confidence in the programme.
On her part, the First Lady of the State, Amb. (Mrs) Olufolake AbdulRazaq, said the programme was a clear testament of sincere commitment of the present administration to the welfare of the people of Kwara.
She said her office and the Ajike People Support Centre have been complementing the government’s efforts by enrolling people living with sickle cell into the scheme in 2021 and 2022 to provide care to sickle cell warriors across the state.
Dr Olubunmi Jettawo-Winter, the Executive Secretary of KWHIA, said the present administration launched the scheme in 2020 to offer quality and affordable healthcare services to all indigents, covering at least 10,000 beneficiaries for the take-off.
She said the agency had between the year 2020 and 2022 performed 107 surgeries, including 48 caesarean sections and 138 deliveries; managed over 200 diabetic and hypertensive cases; with at least 1,324 other services during the period.
Jettawo-Winter said the governor has approved an additional N100 million equity fund for 2022.The executive scribe thanked the governor for committing so much resources to the sector, noting that the launching of the health insurance scheme alone was enough to rate AbdulRazaq high in caregiving.
She also applauded the commitments of donor agencies, Kwarans in the diaspora, corporate bodies, well-meaning individuals and community associations, among other stakeholders, for contributing to the success story.
The National Health Insurance Authourity (NHIA) has disbursed about N259,544 million in 2022 through the NHIA-Basic Health Care Provision Fund (BHCPF) Gateway.
Mr Adelaja Abereoran, the Coordinator of the NHIA North Central ‘A’ Zonal Office, disclosed this on Friday in Ilorin at the official flag-off of Phase ll Enrolment of BHCPF and Kwara Care Programme.
Abereoran recalled that the authority had earlier disbursed over N251 million for the year 20192020 to the Kwara Government.
According to him, the funds are for the payment of capitation for Primary Care and Fee-For-Service, ICT Fevelopment, Administrative Charges and Reserve Fund. He observed that the Kwara Health Insurance Authority is doing well compared to its peers in the health insurance ecosystem.
He stated that the phase ll enrollment opens a new window of succour from the ravages of ill-health and poverty to new possibilities for financial risk protection and empowerment because health is wealth.
The coordinator added that the NHIA would continue to partner with the state government, adding that the authority has been repositioned through three-point rebranding agenda.
“We have developed a 10-year Strategies Plan, introduced the Group, Individual and Family Social Health Insurance Programme (GIFSHIP) to cover more Nigerians, and will soon launch our digital platform, known as the ‘e-NHIA’,” the zonal coordinator said.
He explained that the state office has been strengthened and the staff are already working closely with the Kwara State Health Insurance Agency (KHIA) in the spirit of Health Insurance Under One Roof (HIOUR).
“The recently signed NHIA Act, 2022, provides for mandatory health insurance and the establishment of the Vulnerable Group Fund. “We shall be mobilising resources and contributions from those who can pay to provide subsidy for those who cannot afford to pay.
“The combined effects of GIFSHIP and the BHCPF, as well as the efforts of the State Health Insurance Agencies will ensure that all Nigerians, especially those who live in hard to reach rural communities and bear a significant hardship associated with out-of-pocket expenditure,” he said.
Abereoran therefore urged the State Government to give more support to the KHIA to roll out its formal sector scheme, ensure the creation of a sustainable and robust pool of funds for effective cross subsidisation, which is one of the principles of Social Health Insurance.
He advised the state agency to also sustain its efforts to review its Strategic Plan and align it with the NHIA 10-year Strategic Plan to guide policy formulation, utilisation and implementation in the state.
Stakeholders in the North-East have lauded President Muhammadu Buhari for increased allocation to education and health sectors in the proposed 2023 budget.
The stakeholders including educationists, health experts and social activists said the measure was imperative towards raising standards in the sectors.
They made the made the commendation while responding to a survey on the 2023 budget by the News Agency of Nigeria in Bauchi, Damaturu, Gombe and Yola.NAN reports that President Muhammadu Buhari on Oct. 7, presented N20.51 trillion 2023 Appropriation Bill to a joint session of the National Assembly.
In the budget, N1.08 trillion has been allocated to the education sector, representing 5.3 per cent of the budget size.
The breakdown showed that N470 billion has been earmarked for revitalisation and salary enhancement in tertiary institutions and over N50 billion would be expended on implementation of new the Teachers Salary Structure in public schools, among others.
In his contribution, Dr Ali Fannami, Secretary, Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT) in Yobe, however, noted that the N1.08 trillion surpassed the N0.92 trillion allocation to education in the 2022 budget, adding that the sector requires additional funding for sustainable development.
He suggested that 15 to 20 per cent of the country’s total budget should be channelled to the education sector in line with international benchmark.
The scribe inferred that if South Africa, with a population of about 62 million people could allocate 20.4 per cent of its budget to education, Nigeria with an estimated population of 200 million people should not be spending 5.3 per cent in the sector.
Fannami also lauded the Buhari administration for the proposed N15.2 billion expenditure on Safe School Initiative (SSI) in the 2023 budget.
According to him, the SSI, which is an inter-governmental commitment to protect schools from armed and non-armed conflicts will boost education, especially in high risk areas.
The scribe, however, said that unless communities assist security operatives with credible information on crimes, the scheme might not achieved its objectives.
He said the SSI would be more successful if teachers, parents and communities are adequately carried along at every stage of its implementation.
Similarly; a Gombe-based public analyst, Mr Clement Stanley has urged the federal government to sustain the increase in the health sector budget to enhance access to quality healthcare services in the country.
He said the 2023 budget increase to health would accelerate infrastructure development, address manpower gaps and other challenges bedeviling the sector.
According to him, for the first time in the history of health funding in the country, the health sector has been allocated N1.17 in the proposed 2023 budget.
He said the figure showed a significant increase above the N547 billion and N826.9 billion allocated to the sector in 2021 and 2022 budgets, respectively.
This, he said, should be sustained to transform health systems towards enhancing healthcare service delivery.
He, therefore, called for proactive measures to ensure strict implementation of the budget in line with its provisions to achieve the set objectives.
Also, Mr Mubarak Muhammad, Social and Behavior Change Communication Officer, Marie Stopes Nigeria, Bauchi State Office, said the allocation to the sector demonstrated federal government’s commitment towards attaining the Universal Health Coverage (UHC).
“It is just about six per cent of the proposed total budget size, a little above one third of the Abuja Declaration which requires 15 per cent allocation of the total budget to the health sector.
“The proposed allocation to the health sector in the 2023 budget rose from N826.9 billion equivalent to 4.7 per cent of the total budget in 2022 to N1.17 trillion indicating 5.75 per cent in 2023.“The proposed budget saw an increase of about 94.83 per cent for capital expenditure and 25.54 per cent for recurrent expenditure.
“This means that the public will feel more impact than they felt in 2022, if the proposed budget would be passed and fully implemented,” he said.
According to him, with adequate funding, the country will advance towards Universal Health Coverage for the citizenry.
He noted that the Federal Government’s contributions to state governments under the Basic Healthcare Provision Fund (BHCPF) and other programmes encouraged them to enrolled reasonable number of vulverabel people and scaled up activities towards improved healthcare service delivery.
“Indeed with the 2022 allocation to the health sector, the Federal Government has put states on their toes.
We hope that the 2023 would come with better health indices”.
While urging the federal government to ensure effective implementation of the Abuja Declaration, Muhammad called for prompt release of fund to facilitate smooth implementation of the health programmes, especially Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn, Child and Adolescent Health plus Nutrition (RMNCAH+N)Moreso, Abu John, Executive Director, African Community and Environmental Health Intiative (ACE-HI), said the gesture indicated government’s commitment to quality healthcare service delivery in the country.
He advised relevant authorities and stakeholders to utilise the allocation to improve personnel welfare towards addressing manpower gaps and brain drain in the sector.
“No fewer than 2,000 doctors left the shores of the country for white collar jobs from 2020 to date.
“The work force requires an emergency intervention to ensure that workers are retain for better healthcare services, and access to live saving drugs and modern equipment should be a priority of the budget.
“It is also important for the federal government to take up responsibility and redirect its focus on primary healthcare services.
“A key essential to basic healthcare is for the government to reduce dependence on partners, rather develop and implement sound policies to strengthen the system,” he said.
However, Dr Shehu Sirajo, a lecturer, Adamawa State University Mubi (ADSU), described the N20.5 trillion proposed 2023 budget as “ambitious”.
He said that budget was an annual government expenditure of projected revenue based on expectations and anticipations.
The don noted that the 2023 budget was ambitious considering the dwindling revenue occasioned by insecurity, tax evation and the quantum of debts.
“Larger chunk of the budget would be used on debt servicing which might affect both macro and micro economic variables in the country,” he said.
For his part, Muhammed Aliyu, a civil servant, expressed optimism that the target for the budget could be achieved if revenue sources are effectively utilise.
He stressed the need for proactive measures to block revenue leakages to facilitate effective implementation of the budget.
The Federal Government says Nigeria will need one trillion Naira to cater for the health of the vulnerable citizens across the country.
This would be done through the Basic Health Care Provision Fund (BHCPF).
Dr Chris Isokpunwu, Secretary of the Ministerial Oversight committee for BHCPF, Federal Ministry of Health (FMOH), said this in Abuja at the Nigeria Health Commissioners’ Forum.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the theme of the event was “Financing Primary Health Care in Nigeria – Expanding the frontiers at the Sub-National”.
Isokpunwu said that the money would also enable the country to provide Universal Health Coverage (UHC) to vulnerable citizens.
He said that the BHCF allocation was based on equity, equality, and the indigent community, adding that It was also allocated based on the poverty index of each state.
According to him, there is need to demonstrate transparency, accountability, and results to get more funding.
He said in doing so, the BHCPF account was being audited and the disbursement of all funds published.
Mr Christoph Kurowski, Global Lead of Health Financing, World Bank Group, Nigeria, recalled that the journey of Primary Health Care (PHC) financing in the country started more than 40 years ago.
Kurowski said that for many high-income countries, the vision is for 80 per cent of the population’s healthcare needs to be met at the primary healthcare level.
“Part of the challenge for most PHC financing is the knowledge gap, which could be knowing what to do and how to do it.
“It is critical to understand health financing, community environment, and how to tackle these issues in public health,” he said.
S Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Country Director, Dr Mary Boyd, called for a mechanism to assess communities’ health needs and ensure that people going to PHC received quality and equitable services.
Boyd said that PHC workers must be trained to understand data management and how it can affect public health in the country.
Earlier, Dr Banji Filani, Chairperson of Nigeria Health Commissioners’ Forum, said that the PHC Financing Forum aimed to bring together leaders at the sub-national level.
Filani, who is the Commissioner for Health and Human Services, Ekiti state, said that the forum would enable them to explore how to advance the primary healthcare agenda in the country.
NAN reports that the Nigeria Health commissioners’ forum is the country’s community of practice and learning platform created by the 36 States’ health commissioners.
This year, the forum hosted the first collaborative event with the Nigeria Governors’ Forum, focusing on Primary Health Care financing, particularly the role sub-national systems must play in the process.
The organisers said that primary health centres all over the world required adequate financing and service delivery, adding that Nigeria was not an exception.
Dr Kayode Fayemi, Governor of Ekiti State says Primary Health Care (PHC) is a key component of all high-performing health systems.
Fayemi said this in Abuja on Wednesday at the State Health Leadership Collaborative forum with theme“ Financing Primary Healthcare in Nigeria.
” He said that PHC was also a pre-requisite for achieving the Sustainable Development Goal three and Universal Health Coverage (UHC).
Fayemi, who is also the Chairman, Nigeria Governors Forum said that the theme touch on an issue that was critical to the foundation of sustainable development and the future of health in Nigeria.
“Health financing is a critical building block of the health system that directly affects the functionality of the overall system.
“Until we address the issue of poor funding for health and the fragmentation of the health financing arrangements in Nigeria, Nigeria will make little headway in our pursuit for Universal Health Coverage,’ Fayemi said.
According to him, it is a fact that the right to health is a fundamental human right.
He said that however, the ability of our country to guarantee such right for all Nigerians has been slow, largely due to how the health system is financed and delivered.
“This has been further exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic which has exposed significant weaknesses in our health sector, especially in primary healthcare.
“ As we now know, countries with strengthened primary health care systems are better equipped to respond,’’ Fayemi said.
He said in order to solve the problem of financing for PHC care and meet the demands for a responsive and high-performing health system, Nigeria must approach PHC financing.
According to him, the country needed four key focuses for proper service delivery in the country.
He mentioned the four as the utilisation of the Basic Healthcare Provision Fund (BHCPF) to finance essential health services especially for the vulnerable and to improve the country’s capacity to address public health emergencies.
Fayemi said others are consolidate funding to address primary care and essential public health functions and increase in budgetary allocations for healthcare both at the national and State levels.
“The last is the exploration of innovative ways to pool funds for non-contributory healthcare coverage,’’ he said.
Mr Biodun Oyebanji, Ekiti State Governor-Elect, said that the country could not achieve its goals without the support from the development partners to complement the existing in-country financing mechanisms.
Oyebanji said that the country would also need technical support to strengthen the systems and tools needed to deliver a resilient PHC system.
According to him, Ekiti State having fulfilled the pre-requisites to access the Basic Health Care Provision Fund (BHCPF), has so far drawn down the sum of 282,625,016 naira from the fund.
He said the fund was channelled through the State Primary Healthcare Development Agency (SPHCDA), the Ekiti State Health Insurance Scheme (EKHIS) and the Ekiti State Ambulance Service (EKSAMS).
Oyebanji said the state had utilised the fund to boost the PHC.
Dr Muhammad Gana, Commissioner Health and Human Services Yobe State said that was one of the three activities under a state leadership collaborative of the Nigeria Health Commissioners (NHCF).
Gana said that the activities were designed to share, showcase, highlight state level performance and accountability and examine the problems of PHC financing.
According to him, the forum will help interrogate how Nigeria can fund PHC services especially for her poorest and most vulnerable populations.
He said that COVID-19 pandemic has brought out the need for standard and functional PHC at the sub national levels into spotlight.
“ PHC is the most promising platform for providing basic essential preventive and promotive health interventions among others,’’ Gana said.
Oyo State Government says it has enrolled 45,000 poor and vulnerable people under the Basic Healthcare Provision Fund (BHCPF) in the state.
The Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Mrs Olubamiwo Adeosun, made this known at the launch of the programme on Friday at the Aafin Primary Healthcare Centre in Oyo, Atiba Local Government area.
Adeosun said that this was part of Gov. Seyi Makinde-led administration’s efforts to provide free medical services for the people.
She said the vision of the state government was to achieve Universal Health Coverage (UHC) for all residents of the state where no one was left behind in accessing healthcare.
Adeosun extolled the state government for availing the residents of the state the opportunity under the BHCPF scheme.
She enjoined the enrollees to take advantage of the opportunity under access to care scheme without paying out of pocket.
The SSG performed the symbolic distribution of BHCPF ID cards to the enrollees.
She reiterated the commitment of Makinde’s administration to achieving UHC.
Also, Dr Sola Akande, the Executive Secretary, Oyo State Health Insurance Agency, (OYSHIA), said, “Oyo State is about to witness the final push toward Universal Healthcare in Oyo State and Nigeria at large.
” Akande, said at the official flag-off ceremonies of access to care under BHCPF, that the Federal Government, through the National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA), has made available a total amount of N450 million in the first tranche and N264 million in the second tranche for enrollment of 37, 500 lives.
He, however, announced that through the innovation of the agency, the same amount of money would be used to enroll 45,000 residents of the state into the scheme.
The Secretary to the State Government also assured successful enrollees that they could access care without paying out-of-pocket through the ID card issued to them by the agency.
The Basic Healthcare Provision Fund’s primary objective is to help achieve Universal Health Coverage and enhance access to primary healthcare services for Oyo State citizens, especially the poor and the vulnerable, women, children under five and children in orphanages.
Present at the flag-off ceremony were the Oyomesi led by High Chief Yusuf Ayoola, the Oosorun of Oyo; the General Manager, NHIA, Lagos office, Mr Olufemi Akingbade; the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Health, Dr Adesoji Adeyanju; the Executive Secretary, Oyo State Primary Health Care Board, Dr Muyideen Olatunji, among others.
As the state flagged off access to care, under BHCPF, the Oyo State Health Insurance Agency have empaneled 22,018 lives into 127 PHC’s across 33 LGAs. It has also paid capitation into all of these facilities for effective healthcare service delivery to enrollees.
The Government has enroled 200 sickle cell patients on the Bauchi State Health Contributory Management Agency (BASCHMA) under the scheme’s vulnerable programme component.
Dr Mansur Dada, the Executive Secretary of the agency made this known in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Bauchi.
He said that patients were registered at the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa Teaching Hospital, (ATBUTH).
”This is to enable them have access to free medical services being rendered under the federal government’s Basic Health Care Provision, BHCPF programme through the scheme.
”After a meeting with the management of the ATBUTH, beneficiaries are to access primary and secondary healthcare by Oct. 1, ”The government will pay N500.00 for each patient monthly,” he said.
Dada said the agency has so far enrolled 100 people from the informal sector in the state.