Stakeholders in the health sector have called for the full release of 100% Basic Healthcare Provision Fund and timely disbursement to the 36 states and the FCT inline with its operational manual.
The Chairman,National Advocates for Health, NA4H,Professor Ladapo Ladipo at a news conference in Abuja,also called for the increase of the 2019 health budget estimates from 4% to 7.5%..
Professor Ladipo observed that Nigeria was presently in transition mode out of many international funding support,therefore the need to increase in domestic spending to health in order to address many of the challenges in the sector
“The State Governors to use the BHCPF for what it is meant for in addressing
“The Federal Government of Nigeria should invest in continuing professional development of health workers as well as improve the working environment and remuneration in an effort to reduce the brain drain and medical tourism and to also improve health literacy and increase investment in disease prevention.’
On his part,, the Coordinator , Africa Health Budget Network, Aminu Magashi -Garba stressed the need for the state government to be transparent and accountable in the disbursement of health funds.
“The Appropriation Act, states the Minister shall, within the next 30 days of such determination.”
Implementation as the section 28 of the Fiscal Responsibility Act has empower the Minister of Finance on budgetary matters as follows “Where, by the end of three months, after the enactment of the Appropriation Act, the Minister determines that the targeted revenues may be insufficient to fund the heads of expenditure in the
Dr Magashi who expressed the hope that health would continue to gain the positive attention called on the media to engage the government on timely release of the 2019 budget.
“The 2019 health budget estimates should be increased from 4% to at least 7.5% and the National Assembly to strengthen their oversight function so that Nigeria will improve budget performance”he added.