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Five States Disagree with FG over Basic Health Care Provision Fund

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The Minister of Health, Prof Isaac Adewole, has blamed the deplorable state of tertiary health institutions in the country on the inability of state governors to fund basic primary and secondary health facilities in their respective states.

The Minister stated this during an interaction at Senate plenary yesterday. He said state governments had “literally abandoned health care”.

He listed 14 states including Benue, Cross River, Ogun and Rivers as those who have refused to embrace the Basic Health Care Provision Fund which would have helped them to access the N55.15 billion earmarked for Primary Health Care in the country.

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The National Assembly had earmarked N55.15billion in the 2018 budget being one percent of the Consolidated Revenue Fund for Basic Health Care Provision Fund (BHCPF)

But state governments are to provide N100 million in a dedicated account with the Central Bank of Nigeria as counterpart fund and must also have their own law on health insurance scheme, among other conditions.

However, Benue, Cross River, Ogun and Sokoto states respectively accused the Federal Government of politicisation of the health policy as the reason for their inability to access the fund. They said the funding was skewed in favor of some states who are in the good book of the Federal Government.