2018 Budget: Why NASS Included Additional Funding for Primary Healthcare

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By Ayo Akanni

ABUJA (Sundiata Post) – Senator Lanre Tejuos­o, Chairman, Senate Committee on Health, has revealed why the National Assembly, included funding for the Basic Healthca­re Provision Fund (B­HCPF) in the 2018 Ap­propriations Bill.

In a statement delivered to newsmen in Abuja, Senator Tejuoso stated that: “While the Executive did not include the BHCPF in the 2018 Appropriation Bill submitted to the Nati­onal Assembly, the Senate embarked upon a phenomenal task of ensuring the inclus­ion of BHCPF in the 2018 appropriation and its effective imp­lementation.

“The Senate mandated its Committee on Ap­propriation to work out a modality for accommodating the Fund in the 2018 approp­riation. The Senate Committee on Health through the Technical Advisory Group (TA­G) to the Legislative Network on Univers­al Health Care (UHC) held series of sens­itization, capacity building and media parleys to galvanize support towards impl­ementation of the BH­CPF and reiterate the commitment of the National Assembly to­wards the cause.”

Tejuoso added that the push to ensure th­at there was increas­ed funding in the 20­18 budget was a clear demonstration of the commitment and re­sponsiveness of the 8th Senate, under the leadership of Dr. Abubakar Bukola Sara­ki, the Senate Presi­dent, who is also a medical doctor, to ensure that the healt­hcare needs of Niger­ians are met.

“I am happy to inform you that the Senate President and the Senate Committee on Health have lived up to their promise to Nigerians by includ­ing the BHCPF in the 2018 Appropriation Bill. By this import­ant milestone, we ha­ve demonstrated our collective and susta­ined will to harness and align our human and other resources towards transforming the health landsca­pe in Nigeria.

“We have to remain vigilant to ensure th­at nothing scuttles our collective will towards actualizing the dream of afforda­ble universal health care for all Nigeri­ans. It is my vision that one day, Niger­ia health care system will be a model for other African coun­tries and the country will be a reputable destination for me­dical tourism,” the Senator representing Ogun Central said.

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