President Muhammadu Buhari has launched second National Strategic Health Development Plan from 2018-2022 to attain the Universal Health Coverage in Nigeria and also unveiled the first phase of the N55 billion Basic Health Care Provision Fund in six states of the federation, and the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.
Speaking at the event in Abuja, Buhari noted that government in recognition of the need to invest in the people, provided N55 billion from the one per cent Consolidated Revenue Fund for the Basic Health Care Provision Fund.
This, he, said was in fulfillment of the provisions of the National Health Act 2014, adding that the implementation would focus more on the people living in the rural areas like children under five years, as well as women and the elderly.
Buhari stressed that a very strict accountability and transparency mechanism has been put in place to ensure that there is no corruption in the disbursement of the fund, explaining that the disbursement was made to high performing states, while other states would access the fund as they fulfill the laid down criteria for accessing the fund.
Meanwhile, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has donated $ 1.5 million to the Basic Health Care Provision Fund account, and also pledged to commit additional $75 million into the account in the next five years while Africa’s richest man, Aliko Dangote has promised to mobilise N2billion from the private sector to support the healthcare fund.