Group Calls For Accountability On Basic Health Provision Fund

Coalition of Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) working under scale-up of Partnership for Advocacy in Child and Family Health (PACFaH) Projects in collaboration with development Research and Project Centre (dRPC), has called on the federal government to be more transparent with regards to the Basic Health Care Provision Fund (BHCPF) in terms of allocations and releases.

Speaking on behalf of the coalition during at a news conference on Friday in Kano Malama Sa’adatu Hashim of Federation of Muslim Women Association of Nigeria (FOMWAN) stated that, BHCPF being a fundamental healthcare funding provided by the National Health Act has the capability of ensuring an effective universal healthcare delivery system in the nation.

She said that interference from higher levels of government that might affect releases may contribute to making funds inaccessible to implementers and further extend the target.

Malama Sa’adatu Hashim added that, for the BHCPF to effectively serve its purpose, there is a need for adequate disbursement from funds allocated to that effect.

She revealed that “It is sad to note that, in 2018 N55.15 billion was allocated; only N12.7 billion was released. While in 2019 out of the N51.22 billion allocated only N15 billion was approved for releases and N6.5 billion was disbursed.’’

She added that over the last decade funding for the health sector has been poor, making it difficult for Nigerians to access health services without much financial difficulty and for Nigeria to achieve Universal Health Care Delivery system, adding that achieving a Universal Health Care Delivery System is not workable without adequate funding.