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Lawmakers Promise Support for Universal Health Coverage in States

Lawmakers promise support for Universal Health Coverage in statesMembers of the National Assembly have promised to provide support to states that have not passed appropriate health legislations and legal frameworks that mandate universal healthcare at all levels.

This includes laws establishing State Health Insurance or Contributory Schemes.

The legislators made the promise via a communiqué issued after their recent Second Annual Legislative Summit on Universal Health Care (UHC) and Nutrition of the legislative network for Universal Health Coverage in Abuja.

 The theme of the summit was the ‘Role of Lawmakers in the Implementation of 1% Consolidated Revenue Fund and Preparation for the Mandatory Contribution of Nigerians to Health Insurance.’

They lawmakers also promised to ensure the inclusion of key clauses that guarantee financial risk protection, equity and improved access to quality services.

While promising to ensure the preservation of all earmarked funding for health such as ensuring that   at least 1% Consolidated Revenue Fund (CRF) for the Basic Health Care Provision Fund is listed under the Statutory Transfers  , they pledged to strengthen the mechanisms to monitor progress of UHC with process, output and outcome level indicators at all levels

 They also promised to “Hold relevant Ministries Departments and Agencies (MDAs) accountable towards effective and efficient implementation of UHC related policy thrusts including, Health Financing, Primary Health Care Under One Roof (PHCUOR), PHC Revitalization for Universal Health Coverage (UHC) , human resource, service delivery (Drug and Commodity) and nutrition policies structure and guidelines and other policy thrusts.”

On oversight, the law makers pledged to intensify efforts for oversight on UHC related policy reforms including domestic resource mobilization, Mandatory Insurance Scheme, Primary Health Care Under One Roof, PHCOUR, PHC Revitalization for Universal Health Coverage, and performance-based financing and other policy thrusts.

The summit was convened by the Chairman, Senate Committee on Health, Senator (Dr.) Olanrewaju Tejuoso, the Chairman Senate Committee on Primary Health Care and Communicable Diseases, Senator Mao Ohuabunwa and the Chairman House Committee on Health Services, Honorable Chike John Okafor, represented by Deputy Chairman, Hon Usman Muhammed.

The Summit was Chaired by the Senate President – Senator (Dr.) Abubakar Bukola Saraki who was represented by the Chairman Senate Committee on Media and Publicity,  Senator Sabi A Abdullahi.

Daily Trust

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