Thursday, July 9,2020
At last, plans have been concluded by the Taraba state government to join the league of states that would benefit from the Basic Health Care Provision Fund (BHCPF).
As at the time of filing this report, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) , was said to have been signed by the state government and the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) as it relates to the aforementioned fund.
The Executive Secretary of the State Primary Health Care Development Agency (TSPHCDA), Alhaji Aminu Hassan Jauro, who made this known yesterday during the health educators quarterly review meeting on community based prevention and awareness strategy on Covid-19 organised by the agency with support from the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said, the state through the governor , Arc. Darius Dickson Ishaku had fulfilled almost all the conditions attached to the fund.
The fund which was signed into law
under section 11 of 2014 Health Act (NHAct), as observed by creates additional fiscal space for the health sector to enable the funding of interventions directed at the basic healthcare needs of all Nigerians.
The fund , he said is expected to significantly move Nigeria towards universal health coverage, stating that “the BHCPF ensures investments in the building blocks of the health system and occurs in an innovative manner that incrementally improves the quality of care.
Based on the NHAct 2014, the BHCPF as made known by him “is generated from at least 1% of the consolidated revenue of government, donor partners and from any other sources inclusive of private sector and individuals on an annual basis. “
States and local government councils that would benefit from the fund, he said are expected to “contribute counterpart funding of 25% of the amount accruing to them from the BHCPF.
To ensure transparency and accountability, the BHCPF in his word would be disbursed through the following channels and proportions;
” 45% of the fund is to utilize to fund 1) vaccines, medicines and health commodities (20%); 2) infrastructure, maintenance and health transportation (15%) and 3) human resource for PHC (10%)” adding that this portion of the fund is routed through the NPHCDA via SPHCBs to at least 1 PHC centre in each political ward across Nigeria.
More to that, 50% of the fund , as affirmed by him “is to be utilized as additional funding for health insurance for all Nigerians, targeting as priority rural and vulnerable populations, stating that the “insurance cover which is applied by the state social health insurance agencies (SSHIA) to purchase a basic minimum health service package of care (BMHSP), which is inclusive of PHC and secondary level services.”
Jauro said this portion of the BHCPF would be disbursed through the NHIS to SSHIAs and on to providers 9nly when they provide satisfactory care.
which includes 5% for the provision of Emergency Medical Treatment” stressing that this “portion of the fund is applied by the National Emergency Medical Treatment Committee (NEMTC) constituted by the National Council on Health.”
According to him “This portion focus on the establishment of an emergency ambulance service which would become the core of first responders to emergency situations nationwide.”
Certain that the fund if finally released would go a long way to improve health care services 8n the state, the BHCPF in his word would be disbursed through “an innovative funding mechanism with unique features that would enable direct funding to PHC that would enable them purchase what they need, when they need it and lead to transformation in service delivery.”
Lauding the system, he opined that this “approach is based on learnings within the Nigerian Health Sector from NSHIP and others programmes which shows phenomenal transformation in service delivery when PHCs are directly funded and care is at little or no cost to beneficiaries.”