The Federal Government has launched the second National Strategic Health Development Plan (NSHDP) 2018 -2022 and rolled out the implementation of Basic Healthcare Provision Fund (BHCPF).
Speaking at the Launching of the plan at the villa, President Muhammadu Buhari who was represented by Senator Udo Udoma said the launching of the Strategic Health Development Plan and the Basic Health Care Provision Fund is geared towards achieving Universal Health coverage.
The President said that Nigerians will be provided with quality healthcare services irrespective of their education or social status in the country.
“We will focus more on the people living in the rural areas and the vulnerable population in the society, such as women, children under five years of age and the elderly”
“We will provide succor to the poor while at the same time provide for all other segments of the society. I am aware that out of pocket payment for health constitute over 70% of total health expenditure in Nigeria”
“Our vision is to reverse this ugly situation and promote shared prosperity. The two main game changers for achieving Universal Health Coverage is a functioning Primary Health Care System and a mandatory Universal Health Insurance Scheme.”
President Buhari disclosed that his administration had provided N55 Billion to cater for Basic Healthcare Provision Fund in fulfilment of the National Health Act 2014 .
“It stipulated that 1% of the consolidated revenue shall be allocated to health sector. He added that international partners such as World Bank, Bill and Malinda Gates Foundation and USAID would also contribute to the Basic Healthcare Provision Fund.”
He further gave assurance that transparency and accountability mechanism had been put in place to ensure that there was no corruption in the use of the fund.
The country director of Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Paul Bassinga noted that the organization will give out the sum of $75 million over a period of five years , which will be for immunization intervention.
He commended the Nigerian government for improving immunization rate across the country.
The Hon. Minister of Health Prof. Isaac Adewole harped on the fact that the second implementation of the NSHDP would improve the Nigeria health system and also drastically reduce maternal mortality .
He therefore called on all the governors to put the Primary health care facilities in order, at the state level.
“The only way the states can remain beneficiaries of the programme is when the Primary health care facilities is functioning. The governors will build the primary Health care centres .They will be given money for maintainance of infrastructure “
He added that the document which was approved on Wednesday 5th September 2018 by the Federal Executive Council had the overall goal of ensuring healthy lives and promoting the well-being of Nigeria populace.
“Nigerians would benefit from 52 healthcare service interventions in the hospitals practising the Basic Healthcare Provision Fund Programme, free of charge. The free services, Adewole hinted, would cover antenatal care, labor and Delivery care (including caesarian sections) and Emergency Obstetric and Neonatal care.”
The Governor of Ekiti State, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, said the role of Governors in the implementation of healthcare programmes is crucial because Health is on the concurrent list.
Governor Fayemi pledged faithful implementation of the BHPF programme and the judicious use of funds allocated for health services to ensure that Nigerians at the grassroot enjoyed quality healthcare as stipulated by the programme.
Fayemi emphasized that 21 States had promulgated the Health Insurance Funding .
“In some States, 2% of the budget had been committed to such scheme. This commitment from the States is important. We cannot build the human capital of any Nation if we don’t invest in the health of the citizen”
The first six states to benefit from the Basic Healthcare Provision Fund are Abia, Niger, Osun, Katsina, Yobe, Edo and FCT.