Expectations as the FG approves N25 billion for primary healthcare

Apr 2, 2024 | Health | 0 comments

The National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) and the National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA) will receive N25 billion from the Federal Government to improve primary health services nationwide.

Muhamad Ali Pate, minister of health and social welfare, said the financing from the Basic Health Care Provision financing (BHCPF) will flow through these two organisations to all states, strengthening the capacity of roughly 8,000 primary healthcare clinics.

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The BHCPF funds the bare minimum package, largely primary healthcare. It covers primary health centre operation costs and provides access for all, including the impoverished.

Nigerian maternal and child services can improve with proper utilisation.

An updated set of guidelines aims to reduce maternal mortality and out-of-pocket costs while standardising primary healthcare facility quality.

It will also improve these centres’ pharmaceutical and medical commodity resources, financial management, and accountability through improved norms of conduct.

The minister said the NPHCDA gateway rules amendment would increase direct facility financing in a tiered fashion to address health inequities, give more resources for state supervision, and support frontline health workers.

He said BHCPF is being redesigned to better match resources to improve mother and child health.

Pate stated, “We anticipate significant additional investments to be channelled to the primary healthcare system once the redesign is completed by July 1, 2024.”

We need individuals, civil society organisations, and the media to monitor the resources once they start flowing to each BHCPF-supported PHC facility to ensure they are used as planned.

We offer a dedicated email address ([email protected]) and phone line on the Federal Ministry of Health website and other public portals for citizens and civil society organisations to report potential misuse of BHCPF funds by those in the chain, including Federal, State, LGA, and facilities.

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“We also urge relevant institutions, such as the EFCC, ICPC, and DSS, to monitor and notify us of credible information on public fund misuse.

Maintaining PHC finance fiduciary integrity is a shared obligation. To fight corruption in primary healthcare, stakeholders must work together and be transparent.

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