By Aminat Isah
President Muhammadu Buhari has launched the National Strategic Health Development Plan II,(NSHDP) 2018 -2022 and commenced the implementation of Basic Healthcare Provision Fund Programme (BHCPF) roll out worth 201million dollars in six state of the federation.
The president who was represented by the Minister of Budget and Planning, Udo Udoma at the launch is to kick start the commencement of the BHCPF and supervising the disbursement of Funds to high performing States under the Saving One Million Lives Programme for Results (SOML-Pfor R) in Abuja.
“The second National Strategic Health Development Plan (2018-2022) approved by the Federal Executive Council on the 5th of September, 2018 is the health sector’s plan for achieving Universal health coverage in Nigeria. This is aligned with the third generation Country Cooperation Strategy which is also being launched today,” he said.
He noted that one of the main objectives of the National Economic Recovery and Growth Plan is Investing in Nigeria people, and said “Our administration in recognition of this, provided N55 Billion, the 1% Consolidated Revenue Fund to cater for the Basic Health Care Provision Fund in fulfillment of the National Health Act, 2014. International partners such as the World Bank, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and USAID are also contributing to the Fund. The Brand name for this Programme is “HUWE” meaning life. The Basic Health Care Provision Fund provides the sustainable fiscal space for health care and will increase the human capital base of our economy.
“We must recognize that Universal Health Coverage is a destination and Nigeria is putting in place processes to achieve it,” he said.
He commended the Minister of Health and his team, State Governors, Development partners, Civil Society Organisations and all Nigerians for ensuring the Launch of the roll out of Basic Health Care Provision Fund programme and the Universal Health Coverage documents, and said the APC will not relent its oars in providing quality, affordable health care to citizens devoid of financial hardship.
The Minister of Health, Isaac Adewole in his remarks said The launch is to ensure that the Nigerian populace have universal access to comprehensive, appropriate, affordable, efficient, equitable, and quality essential health care through a strengthened health system, and ensuring healthy lives and promoting the well-being of the Nigerian populace at all ages.
According to Adewole, the Second National Strategic Health Development Plan II (National SHDP II) 2018-2022 would focus on rural areas where services are the least and coverage the lowest employing the use of both the private and public sectors, employ results-based approaches, decentralizes funds to service delivery points and make services free to patients at point of service.
He however, disclosed that state governments are expected to continue to fund the Primary Health Care (PHC) System.
The mode of Implementation pathway of BHCPF is through National Primary Health Care Development Agency NPHCDA receiving 45% of the fund, NHIS 50% of the fund while emergency services takes up the remaining 5% of the fund.
Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation paid N 537m ($1.5m) into the BHCPF account, the federal government disbursed 55.1bn ($180m) into the BHCPF account, and N 6.1bn ($20m) from GFF to be disbursed into the BHCPF account and additionally, both BMGF and DFID have promised to provide additional $75 and $60m for the program.
Speaking on behalf of the 36 State Governors, the Governor of Ekiti State, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, said the role of governors in the implementation of healthcare progammes was crucial because health was 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.
He further informed that 21 States had promulgated the Health Insurance Funding adding that in some States, 2% of their budget had been committed to such scheme. This commitment from the States was important because according to him “we cannot build the human capital of any Nation if we don’t invest in the health of our people”
The six pilot states of Niger, Osun, Abia, Katsina, Edo, Yobe and the Federal Capital Territory, are the beneficiary of the first phase.