Four years after, FG yet to implement Basic Health Care Provision Fund

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Four years after  the 7th National Assembly passed the National Health Bill, the fund to operationalise the provision of the law is yet to take off

The fund which is to be called the Basic Healthcare Provision Fund (BHPF) is designed to draw make use of 1% of the federal government’s consolidated revenue to provide Nigerians access to basic healthcare.

But Oak TV can report that less than 40 days to the end of 2018, Federal Government has failed to release the N55bn Basic Healthcare Funds as captured in the 2018 budget.

This was the crux of the issues discussed at a one-day strategy session on “Advocacy for Implementation of Basic Health Care Provision Fund (BHCPF) of the National Health Act’’ held in Abuja.

The session was organized by Partnership to Engage, Reform and Learn, PERL a programme of Department for International Development (DFID) in collaboration with Health Sector Reform Coalition.

Dr. Emmanuel Abanida, a Senior Technical Adviser, Development Research and Project Center (DRPC) express displeasure over the delay in releasing the funds.

“We understand it has been provided for in the 2018 budget, but we have not seen it and we are about 45 days to the end of 2018. ”

“If we do not get this money, obviously, when they are doing the 2019 budget they will put zero application to 2018,”

“I believe that the political will to make sure that it happens is not strong because if it is strong, it will certainly come.”

“Health in Nigeria is not a priority. We prioritise security, power, food security but you need to be healthy to be able to provide food. It is when you are healthy that you can solve security problem and the Human Development Index (HDI) will certainly improve,” Abanida said.

He charged the media to do more in order to ensure speedy release of the funds.

Civil society Organisations and other stakeholders present at the strategy session urged the presidency to ensure the release of the BHCPF immediately as a measure to curb the increasing rate of Mortality in the country.

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