The Edo State Government said it had paid N100m as a counterpart fund for the Basic Health Care Provision Fund. The state Commissioner for Health, Dr David Osifo, disclosed this at a workshop on health workforce registry, held in Benin, the state capital, on Tuesday.
“The contribution is to enable the state to fully benefit from the BHCPF of the Federal Government, and will provide responsive, efficient and accessible health care through Primary Healthcare Centres (PHCs),” he said. Osifo explained that the “Edo State House of Assembly has passed the Health Insurance Bill into law, to pave the way for the smooth running of the fund.”
The BHCPF is the fundamental funding provision under the National Health Act, signed in 2014. States are expected to benefit from the fund when they meet the requisite criteria, which include contributing the counterpart fund.
To ensure sustainability and ownership of the BHCPF, the states are expected to co-fund the BHCPF, beginning with an initial deposit of N100m as expression of interest to implement the BHCPF. The states are also required to create state health insurance agencies and state primary health care development boards to serve as channels through which implementation would be monitored.
Governor Godwin Obaseki recently inaugurated a 17-member Edo State Primary Health Care Board and saddled members with the responsibility of revamping the state’s primary health care system. He charged members of the board to support the vision of his administration in delivering quality and affordable health care delivery to the people.
Source: Medical World Nigeria