By Stanley Onyekwere
As part of effort towards improving healthcare delivery in the nation’s capital, the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) is set to launch a multi-million Naira Basic Health Care Provision Fund (BHCPF) for sixty-two Primary Health Care Centres (PHCs) across the FCT.
Our correspondent reports that FCTA would tomorrow (Wednesday) launch BHCPF, with N100 million as counter part funding for the programme.
It was gathered the FCTA had set up all necessary governance and accountability structures at 62 Political Wards across the six Area Councils, in corresponding number of primary healthcare centres and facility levels for smooth operation of the programme in the Territory.
Making this disclosure yesterday, the Acting Secretary of Health and Human Services Secretariat (HHSS), Musa Abdulraheem, while addressing journalists on the official flag off of BHCPF in Abuja, noted that the programme is a landmark program targeted at improving the health sector in FCT and Nigeria at large.
Abdulraheem said the primary purpose of the fund is to support the effective delivery of Primary HealthCare Services (BMPHS) and Emergency Medical Treatment through adequate and sustainable future ding that will be efficiently and equitably used to provide health services for all Nigerians, particularly the poor and most vulnerable.
According to him, “The BHCPF is an intervention by the Nigerian government to improve health outcomes in the country.
“Section 11 of the National Health Act 2014 prescribes that the BHCPF would be funded through, Federal Government annual grant of not less than one percent of its Consolidated Revenue Fund, commitment from benefiting states and FCT, grants by international donor partners and funds from other sources.”
Reiterating the commitment of FCTA to the delivery of health care services to all residing in the Territory, Abdulraheem said FCTA has met the eligibility criteria for enrolment and operationalization of the fund.
He adds: “The criteria include; the establishment of a steering committee to provide oversight and leadership to the operationalization of the fund, expression of interest and committing One Hundred million Naira, N100, 000, 000.00, as counter part fund for the programme.
“Setting up of a functional Health Insurance Scheme and Primary Health Care Board and opening programme and Operational Treasury single account for the two gateways and steering committee.
“Conducting a baseline facility readiness assessment for the selected ward level PHC facilities, setting up all necessary governance and accountability structures at Area Councils, Wards and facility levels, opening commercial bank account for selected PHC facilities.
“And conducting BHCPF trainings for actors in each selected PHC including ward development committee members.”
He opined that all FCT residents are eligible to be enrolled to access the basic minimum package of health services such as; free antenna antenatal care, delivery and post natal care, immunization, malaria, pneumonia, measles and dysentery, malaria treatment, screening for hypertension and diabetes and family planning.
Similarly, the Director FCT Insurance Scheme, Dr. Ahmed Danfulani, assured that to avoid abuse and ensure proper monitoring and implementation of the fund, a robust monitoring team has been constituted.
On her part, the FCT Coordinator, World Health Organisation(WHO), Dr Fuleratu Zakari, said the programme would help FCT to achieve universal health coverage.