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FG disbursed NGN12.7 billion to kickstart Basic Health Care Provision Fund.

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The Government of Nigeria has disbursed the sum of NGN12.7 billion to kickstart the Basic Health Care Provision Fund.

This was announced today by the Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewale through a statement on his Twitter handle

According to Prof. Adewale, the disbursement marks an important step in the Huwe® programme of the federal government. He further said that the ministry would be working together with National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) and National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) to ensure that the funds are disbursed to the accounts of States that had already been set up at the Central Bank of Nigeria.

Prof. Adewole recognised that there were enormous implementation bottlenecks ahead that must be surmounted. According to him, 22 States have so far indicated readiness to benefit from the Fund.

He went further to say that “baseline assessments, State and facility level training and a performance management system all have to be in place in the next couple of months.”

A breakdown of the funds shows that the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) will take NGN6.5bn, representing 50% of the total sum disbursed, National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), NGN5.8bn, which is 45% of the total sum and Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) is to get NGN327m million, which is equivalent to 2.5% of the amount disbursed.

This disbursement formula is in line with the National Health Act of 2014. Section 11 sub-section 3 says:

Money from the Fund shall be sued to finance the following – (a) 50% of the Fund shall be used for the provision of basic minimum package of health services to citizens, in eligible primary or secondary health facilities through the National Health Insurance Scheme; (b) 20 percent of the Fund shall be used to provide essential drugs, vaccines and consumable for eligible primary health care facilities; (c) 15 percent of the Fund shall be used to for the provision and maintenance of facilities, equipment and transport for eligible primary health care facilities; and (d) 10 percent of the Fund shall be used for the development of human resources for primary health care; (e) 5 percent of the Fund shall be used for emergency medical treatment…

Also, Section 11 Sub-section 4 of the Act empowers NPHCDA to collect 45% of the total Fund as disbursed. It says:

The National Primary Health Care Development Agency shall disburse funds for sub-section 3(b), (c) and (d) of this section through State and Federal Capital Territory Primary Health Care Boards for distribution to Local Government and Area Council Health Authorities.

See Prof. Adewole’s tweet below: