Today Wednesday, 22nd of November 2017, Nigerian government through the federal ministry of health officially kicked off public engagement towards the Basic Health Care Provision Fund.
The Honorable Minister of Health, Professor Isaac Adewole, announced this development via the Federal Ministry of Health’s official Twitter handle.
The ministry under the leadership of Prof Adewole has committed to improving Nigeria’s health indicators through a universal health coverage agenda anchored on revitalizing the primary health care system.
The Basic Health Care Provision Fund (BHCPF) was written into the National Health Act which was signed into law in 2014 by the then president, Jonathan Goodluck, and is meant to sustainably fund a minimum package of services in primary healthcare facilities. Phase I of the BHCPF will commence in the first quarter of 2018, and will commence in 3 states — Abia, Niger and Osun.
Government believes that the implementation of the Basic Health Care Provision Fund will effectively address underlying system challenges such as inadequate decentralization of services and weak primary healthcare systems which is often due to inefficient health financing of primary health care centers and persistent financial barriers to accessing healthcare services.
The conversation is taking place on the Federal Ministry of Health’s Twitter handle and Facebook page and it is expected that Nigerians will interact with this development. The outcome could help to shape the initiative and increase awareness among end-users.