Written by Williams ABAH

Ehanire wants release of 1% health sector consolidated revenue

The Minister of State for Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire, has called on the National Assembly for the release of the 1 percent consolidated revenue in the 2018 budget for the health sector. 

He made the call in Abuja while briefing the press to commemorate the 2018 World Health Day with the theme: “A Universal Health Coverage: Everyone, Everywhere.” 

The minister said “we desire a purposeful cooperation and collaboration between the FMOH, Legislatives Network for Universal Health Coverage, other Civil Society Advocates and all the National Assembly Committees to support the releases of the 1 per cent consolidated revenue fund in the 2018 budget”. 

Ehanire said that the National Health Act 2014 set aside 1 percent of the consolidated revenue fund as basic healthcare provision fund, stressing that 50 percent of the said fund should enter the National Health Insurance Scheme, NHIS, and 45 percent of the National Primary Healthcare Development Agency, NPHCDA, leaving 5 percent as emergency fund to utilize through the Federal Ministry of Health. 

He further stated that operationalization of National Health Act 2014 is expected to support physical and financial access to healthcare through revamping of PHC centers and solving human resources for health challenges for basic healthcare package, just as he described the basic healthcare package as free antenatal and postnatal care, free immunization services and free treatment of children under the age of five. 

Ehanire noted that Universal Health Coverage is important in the national health system as it involved social protection to ensure that Nigerian citizens get quality health service when and where they need it without suffering financial hardship. 

“Government recognizes the Primary Healthcare Centers, PHCs, as the platform for achieving Universal Health Coverage, UHC and is pursuing the rehabilitation of almost 10,000 PHCs in Nigeria between now and the end of 2019”  Ehanire said. 

He also said that the gesture would support equity especially among rural dwellers and the urban poor, leaving no one behind including school children, elderly and child bearing women will also enjoy healthcare access, without risk of financial ruin to their families. 

 

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