Written by Williams ABAH

FG set to achieve comprehensive health coverage

The federal government has assured Nigerians of its determination to achieve universal health coverage.

Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, made this known while speaking at the healthcare policy dialogue with the theme: "The Journey to Universal Health Coverage in Nigeria", organized by the Federal Ministry of Health.

Adewole said that universal health coverage is a journey begun by the federal government to provide healthcare services to all Nigerians at affordable cost anytime and anywhere. 

He said the National Health Act 2014 set aside 1 percent consolidated revenue for the health sector and consequently laid the foundation for Nigeria towards achieving universal health coverage.  

According to him, the Basic Healthcare Provision Funds is an intervention fund aimed at expanding the scope of healthcare service delivery not to replace health budget allocation in the states. 

He said, “I want to state clearly, that the new standard universal health coverage is a complementary to existing efforts at the states and local governments to mobilize resources for health. It should in no way be seen as an excuse for states to underfund or deprioritize funding for health.” 

The minister said the Basic Healthcare Provision Fund would ensure that monies are disbursed, managed and accounted for in a transparent manner, which will ensure funds flow from source to service delivery points and increase service utilization and health workers. 

In his remarks, the World Health Organization Director General, Dr. Tedros Ghebreyesus, said that the most important step for achieving universal health coverage is political commitment. 

“There are many steps on the road to universal health coverage, but the key is political commitment”, he stressed. 

 

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