REITERATES COMMITMENT TO TRANSFORMING HEALTH CARE SYSTEM IN NIGERIA
By Vincess Okushi
The Coordinating Minister of Health and Social Welfare Prof. Ali Pate has announced the decision for the approval of N25bn to serve as pathways for revitalizing the National Primary Healthcare Development Agency and the National Health Insurance Authority in the country.
He disclosed this when he convened the 6th meeting of the BHCPF Ministerial Oversight Committee in Abuja 
Pate said in a statement signed by Deworitshe Patricia, D (Information) 31st March 2024, that health transformation, renewal, and accessibility would be achieved with the approval of a Sector Wide Approach (SWAp), and the Health Sector Renewal Investment Program (NHSRIP).
While reaffirming the unrelenting commitment of the present administration to transforming the healthcare system to attain Universal Healthcare Coverage for Nigerians, Prof. Ali stresses that during the assessment it was revealed the need for reforms in the Basic Healthcare Provision Fund (BHCPF) its programs, operations, fiduciary system of accountability and public trust.
According to him, all states and Federal Capital Territory have committed to a remediation plan, and pledges to improve health services for Nigerians.
The Minister added that the guidelines will be revised to cover health services to indigent populations to enable a standardized quality of healthcare across primary healthcare facilities as well as to reduce maternal mortality rates, out- of- pocket payments. 
Stressing that this will address inequalities in healthcare delivery, provide additional resources for state supervision, support frontline workers, ensure the availability of drugs and commodities at over 8,500 Primary Healthcare Centers across Nigeria, and strengthen financial management, transparency, and accountability.

Recognising the need for a more robust governance structure and clearer guidelines, the Ministry and its development partners are committed to making healthcare services accessible to Nigerian women, children and for all citizens, especially those in the vulnerable groups

The goal, in line with NHSRIP, is to reduce the necessity for patients to travel long distances for care thereby qualitatively and equitably improving the overall health and WELL-BEING of Nigerians”, he asserted.

Speaking on behalf of the State Health Commissioners, Ekiti State Commissioner for Health and Human Services, Oyebanji Filani assured of commitment to deliver in the mandate of healthcare services in the country.

we are committed to ensuring that every Nigerian has access to good quality healthcare services

“With a focus on enhancing healthcare delivery nationwide, stakeholders anticipate tangible improvements in health services across the country

Also, the Executive Director, of NPHCDA, Muyi Aina vows to provide high-quality care for all Nigerians.

reforms in programme implementation are underway with a focus on incentivising primary health centers to provide high-quality care” noting that “our goal is to ensure that every Nigerian has access to the basic service they need

Pate therefore calls on Nigerians to monitor the use of BHCPF resources through dedicated communication channels including an official email: bhcpfalert@health.gov.ng and phone lines on the Ministry’s website to actively participate in monitoring fund implementation.

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