Group urges government to explore new ways to fund health system

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The Executive Director, Women in Media (WIM), Mrs Ben Umar said there is need for the government to explore new innovative ways to fund the health system. 

According to her, for every N1, 000 spent on health, about N700 is out of pocket expenditure.

She said the move is driving millions of Nigerians into poverty, and denying them basic healthcare services.

She is calling on the three tiers of government to ensure accountability in the implementation of the second National Strategic Health Development Plan (NSHDP II) in order to achieve Universal Health coverage in Nigeria.

“The National Strategic Health Development Plan (NSHDP) is a document developed by the ministry of health and its development partners as a stewardship guide to strengthen health care delivery across all the three tiers of government.”

The  PACFaH @Scale coalition also proposed that the government should introduce a mobile phone tax that will involve charging one kobo per minute on every outgoing phone call in Nigeria.

“One way we can do that in the country is to pool funds through the collection of one kobo per minute from every phone call made to be saved for individuals to accessing quality health care. The National Health Insurance Scheme has not been effective as it is only four per cent of the nation’s population that is on the scheme.”

The coalition believes that the objective of the UHC will be achieved in Nigeria, if all the three tiers of government have political will to implement recommendations proposed by the coalition.

The Vice President, Society of Gynecology and Obstetrics (SOGON)  Habib Sadauki noted that the bulk of the people who do not have access to healthcare are in the informal sector.

He therefore called  for collective action from all Nigerians in order to achieve UHC.

“There is no free lunch and people need to take action to achieve UHC. We are just looking for a medium which will include collective collection and collective inclusion.

The call for collective action to achieving UHC is  very important because even other parts of the world is overwhelmed with providing healthcare for its people.”

” Almost everyone uses a mobile phone. The Nigerian Communication Commission says there are 162. 3 million active lines in the country. Pulling resources through Universal Health coverage will go a long way in assisting to achieve UHC,” 

The secretary general Network for Nigerian NGCO’s Ayo Adebusoye called on the media to join in the advocacy for UHC as this will benefit all Nigerians.

“The country needs an  alternative means to generate funds for UHC because the meager investment that is available for health sector is further compounded by delay or non-release of funds appropriated.”

“We have challenges of utilisation and accountability, even when funds are released.

Some other factors which affect the operation of UHC ; include low political will to adequately fund healthcare, poor governance, mismanagement of resources and lack of coordination among federal, states and local government.

 The Executive Director, Women in Media (WIM), Mrs Ben Umar said there is need for the government to explore new innovative ways to fund the health system. 

According to her, for every N1, 000 spent on health, about N700 is out of pocket expenditure.

She said the move is driving millions of Nigerians into poverty, and denying them basic healthcare services.

She is calling on the three tiers of government to ensure accountability in the implementation of the second National Strategic Health Development Plan (NSHDP II) in order to achieve Universal Health coverage in Nigeria.

“The National Strategic Health Development Plan (NSHDP) is a document developed by the ministry of health and its development partners as a stewardship guide to strengthen health care delivery across all the three tiers of government.”

The  PACFaH @Scale coalition also proposed that the government should introduce a mobile phone tax that will involve charging one kobo per minute on every outgoing phone call in Nigeria.

“One way we can do that in the country is to pool funds through the collection of one kobo per minute from every phone call made to be saved for individuals to accessing quality health care. The National Health Insurance Scheme has not been effective as it is only four per cent of the nation’s population that is on the scheme.”

The coalition believes that the objective of the UHC will be achieved in Nigeria, if all the three tiers of government have political will to implement recommendations proposed by the coalition.

The Vice President, Society of Gynecology and Obstetrics (SOGON)  Habib Sadauki noted that the bulk of the people who do not have access to healthcare are in the informal sector.

He therefore called  for collective action from all Nigerians in order to achieve UHC.

“There is no free lunch and people need to take action to achieve UHC. We are just looking for a medium which will include collective collection and collective inclusion.

The call for collective action to achieving UHC is  very important because even other parts of the world is overwhelmed with providing healthcare for its people.”

” Almost everyone uses a mobile phone. The Nigerian Communication Commission says there are 162. 3 million active lines in the country. Pulling resources through Universal Health coverage will go a long way in assisting to achieve UHC,” 

The secretary general Network for Nigerian NGCO’s Ayo Adebusoye called on the media to join in the advocacy for UHC as this will benefit all Nigerians.

“The country needs an  alternative means to generate funds for UHC because the meager investment that is available for health sector is further compounded by delay or non-release of funds appropriated.”

“We have challenges of utilisation and accountability, even when funds are released.

Some other factors which affect the operation of UHC ; include low political will to adequately fund healthcare, poor governance, mismanagement of resources and lack of coordination among federal, states and local government.

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