Written by Edrina EMMANUEL

FCTA rolls out healthcare fund 784, 000 residents

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As part of efforts to provide basic healthcare delivery to residents, the Federal Capital Territory Administration, FCTA, has launched Basic Health Care Provision Fund, BHCPF, aimed at providing health services to 784,000 FCT residents. 

FCT Permanent Secretary, Sir Christian Ohaa, who made this known during the flag-off ceremony of the fund at the Primary Health Care Centre, Kuchigoro, Abuja, last week. 

"The fund is an intervention by the Nigerian government to improve healthcare outcomes in the country. The primary purpose of this fund is to support the effective delivery of primary healthcare services and the provision of Basic Minimum Package of Health Services, BMPHS. 

"It also covers emergency medical treatment through adequate and sustainable funding that will be efficiently and equitably used to provide health services thereby ensuring financial risk protection in accessing quality health services for all Nigerians, particularly the poor and most vulnerable", he said. 

Revealing the source of the fund, Ohaa said that it would be funded through the federal government's annual grant of not less than one percent of its consolidated revenue fund, commitment from benefiting states and the FCT, grants by international donors and funds from other sources. 

He also disclosed that the FCT Administration has met all the eligibility criteria stipulated for the ènrolment and operationalization of the fund, adding that all FCT residents are eligible to be enrolled to access the Basic Minimum Package of Health Services. 

Accordig to Ohaa, some of the ailments covered by the BHCPF include ante-natal care, delivery and post-natal care, malaria, pneumonia, measles and dysentery treatments for children under five years. 

Others are screening for hypertension and diabetes and family planning. 

Earlier, Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Health, Abdulaziz Abdullahi, disclosed that hundreds of FCT residents would benefit from services worth N224 million in the next nine months. 

He said: "This amount is equivalent to payment for the management of one hundred and thirty-one thousand women with normal deliveries, three hundred and seventy-three thousand under 5-childhood illnesses or two hundred and eighty thousand cases of malaria.   In addition, sixty-two public sector facilities will become truly functional as a result of the program". 

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