The Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha, during the inauguration of a 15-man committee on BHCPF in Abuja lamented that many Nigerians are yet to benefit from the Basic Health Care Provision Fund (BHCPF) six years after it was created.
Mustapha disclosed this in a statement signed and issued by the director of press at the SGF office, Willie Bassey, on Tuesday.
The SGF who was represented by the permanent secretary, political and economic affairs office at the OSGF, David Adejo, said the fund was established to provide health services to vulnerable Nigerians.
He added that despite the budgetary allocation for its operationalisation, many Nigerians have not benefited from the fund.
The BHCPF is the fundamental healthcare funding provided by the National Health Act. It was included in the national budget for the first time in 2018 since the Act was signed in 2014.
It provides for not less than one per cent of the consolidated revenue for healthcare funding.
In the 2022 proposed budget, N54 billion, amounting to six per cent of the total health budget, has been earmarked for BHCPF.
The BHCPF is aimed at providing adequate care and services at the Primary Health Care (PHC) level, mostly for the vulnerable population, so as to reduce out-of-pocket expenses.
Mustapha stated that the newly inaugurated committee will ensure the provision of quality basic health care services to all Nigerians.
He noted that this is part of the government’s effort to reform the health sector, particularly, the primary healthcare services.
He explained that the joint working committee was constituted to provide an effective stakeholders coordination mechanism towards the actualisation of the Fund.
According to him, the National Health Act (2014) has been empowered to increase the overall financing to the health sector and help improve access to primary health care services for Nigerians especially the poor and the vulnerable.