Adequate health financing is essential to the health system – Fayemi

By Franca Ofili

Dr Kayode Fayemi, Governor of Ekiti State, said primary health care (PHC) is a key component of all well-functioning health systems.

Fayemi said so in Abuja on Wednesday during the Collaborative Forum on State Health Leadership under the theme “Financing Primary Health Care in Nigeria”.

He said PHC was also a prerequisite for achieving Sustainable Development Goal 3 and Universal Health Coverage (UHC).

Fayemi, who is also Chairman of the Nigeria Governors Forum, said the theme touched on a critical issue for the foundation of sustainable development and the future of health in Nigeria.

“Health financing is an essential part of the health system that directly affects the functionality of the whole system.

“Until we address the problem of insufficient health financing and fragmented health financing arrangements in Nigeria, Nigeria will make little progress in its pursuit of universal health coverage,” said Fayemi.

According to him, it is a fact that the right to health is a fundamental human right.

He said however, our country’s ability to deliver this right to all Nigerians has been slow largely due to the way the health system is funded and implemented.

“This has been further exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic which has revealed significant weaknesses in our health sector, particularly in primary health care.

“As we now know, countries with strengthened primary health care systems are better equipped to respond,” Fayemi said.

He said that to address the issue of primary health care financing and meet the demands of a responsive and well-performing health system, Nigeria must address primary health care financing.

According to him, the country needed four key axes for a good delivery of services in the country.

He mentioned the four as the use of the Basic Health Care Provision Fund (BHCPF) to finance essential health services, especially for vulnerable people, and to improve the country’s capacity to respond to emergencies. of public health.

Fayemi said others were consolidating funding to address primary care and essential public health functions and increasing budget allocations for health care at national and state levels.

“Last is exploring innovative ways to pool funds for non-contributory healthcare coverage,” he said.

Mr. Biodun Oyebanji, Governor-elect of Ekiti State, said the country could not achieve its goals without the support of development partners to complement the existing financing mechanisms in the country.

Oyebanji said the country would also need technical support to strengthen the systems and tools needed to deliver a resilient PHC system.

According to him, Ekiti State having met the preconditions to access the Basic Health Care Provision Fund (BHCPF), has so far drawn the sum of N282,625,016 from the fund.

He said the fund was channeled through the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (SPHCDA), Ekiti State Health Insurance Scheme (EKHIS) and Ambulance Service. of Ekiti State (EKSAMS).

Oyebanji said the state used the fund to boost the PHC.

Dr Muhammad Gana, the Yobe state health and social care commissioner, said it was one of three activities carried out under the state’s leadership in conjunction with the health commissioners. Health of Nigeria (NHCF).

Gana said the activities were designed to share, showcase, highlight state-level performance and accountability and examine PHC funding issues.

According to him, the forum will help question how Nigeria can fund PHC services, especially for its poorest and most vulnerable populations.

He said the COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the need for standard and functional PHC at sub-national levels.

“PHCs are the most promising platform for delivering basic essential preventive and promotional health interventions, among others,” Gana said. (NAN)(www.nannews.ng)

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Edited by Isaac Aregbesola

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