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FG Set to Implement Basic Healthcare Provision Fund

The federal government has said it will soon commence the implementation of the basic healthcare provision fund.

Vice President, Prof Yemi Osinbajo who made this known at the third health policy dialogue organised by Thisday described the scheduled implementation as part of numerous health initiatives at the federal level.

Prof Osinbajo said the program is a primary healthcare initiative that ensures that Nigerians would receive quality healthcare from the various centres, where the staff would be adequately trained to be more competent and more effective.

He said that children would no longer die from vaccine preventable diseases and would be better treated.

The dialogue themed, “Improving Nigeria’s Health Outcomes,” was held in Abuja.

One of the speakers and Founder of Flying Doctors Nigeria, Dr Ola Brown, said there was need for the country to have air ambulances which she said would enable people readily have access to proper and adequate healthcare.

She said that health systems in Nigeria should focus on optimizing resource allocation to focus on reducing the disparity in healthcare-access and quality of health within the majority, rather than extending life for the minority.

The Practice Manager, World Bank Group, Trina Hague, said the World Bank has promised to support the Basic Healthcare Provisions Funds with $20 million.

“We will approve the financing of $20m that will be used to the Basic Healthcare. It is the first initial phase where there would be a lot of things we would learn in order for the initiative to be effective”, she said.



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