NASS Advocates Improved Funding For Health Sector

By Bernard Tolani Dada

 

Members of the House of Representatives have vowed to work with their counterparts in the Senate to ensure the allocation of adequate funds for the health sector in the 2017 budget in order to improve quality of lives for Nigerians.

 

The legislators who bore their minds at a legislative retreat on immunization, health financing and national health act in Uyo, the Akwa Ibom State capital at the weekend, said the funding gap for the health sector as well as the non allocation of funds for the Basic Healthcare Provision Fund in the 2015 and 2016 budgets has further increased the vulnerability of the health of Nigerians and the health system.

 

The House committee chairmen/members who took this position included the Vice Chairman of Health Care Services Hon. Mohammed Usman, the Chairman of AIDS, torbaculousis and malaria control, Hon. Davematics D. E. Ombugadu and a member of Appropriation committee representing the chairman, Hon. Johnbull Shekarau.

 

In a communique signed by them and other stakeholders who participated in the retreat, they said there isthe need for stronger collaboration between the National Assembly and Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) in projecting shared commitment towards the achievement of better quality of health for all Nigerians.

 

“The poor funding for primary health care as well as the non-inclusion of not less than 1% of the Consolidated Revenue Fund (CRF) in the national budgets of 2015 and 2016 as well as the proposed 2017 budget to finance the Basic Health Care Provision Fund (BHCPF), as stipulated by the National Health Act 2014, has caused great concern among many Nigerians. Also, the delay in the full implementation of the National Health Act including the non-allocation of funds for the Basic Health Care Provision Fund in the 2015 and 2016 budgets has further increased the vulnerability of the health of Nigerians and the health system.

 

“Again, the need for stronger collaboration between the National Assembly and Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) in projecting shared commitment towards the achievement of better quality of health for all Nigerians is imperative.

 

The House of Representatives shall work with their counterparts in the Senate to ensure the allocation of adequate funds for health particularly immunization, family planning, nutrition and other health services in the 2017 budget. And th House Committees shall work with CSOs to also take necessary actions promptly to ensure budgetary allocation of not less than 1% CRF to finance the Basic Health Care Fund in the 2017 budget,” the communique read.

 

It urged the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) to work with stakeholders to achieve Universal Health Coverage for all Nigerians by 2030 with active involvement of states, communities, CSOs and the private sector.

 

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Release Date: 
Sunday, October 30, 2016