Centre Tasks FG On Health Sector Funding

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The Centre for Social Justice (CSJ), a Civil Society Organisation, has called on the Federal Government to increase funding and management of the country’s health sector.
The Director, CSJ, Eze Onyekpere, made the call yesterday in Abuja at the presentation of CSOs memorandum on the 2018-2020 Health Sector reform.
Addressing newsmen, Onyekpere decried the poor state of the health sector and attributed the situation to poor funding and mismanagement.
He said this could improve if the 2018 /2020 Health Medium Term Sector Strategy and Medium Term Expenditure Framework were approved by the National Assembly and endorsed by the Federal Executive Council.
Onyekpere said that based on a critical review of the sector, CSOs in the sector were calling on the Nigerian government to adopt their recommended policy guide.
He said that the decision was taken so as to honour the government’s commitment to the people.
While expounding on the memorandum, he said that government should allocate 15 per cent of the annual national budget to the health sector in compliance with the Abuja 2001 Declaration.
Onyekpere said that government could start with 7.5 per cent minimum allocation, which was 50 per cent of the declaration.
According to him, since 2014, no administration has made available one per cent of Consolidated Revenue Fund for Basic Health Care Provision Fund (BHCPF) as required by law.
The director who stressed the need to generate more funding, explore new sources for health insurance and create special tax on alcohol and tobacco said that minimal tariff should be borne by the consumers, adding that the National Health Insurance Scheme Act be amended to make health insurance compulsory and universal.
“If we can make motor insurance compulsory, then health insurance should be made compulsory as well,” he said.
Onyekpere advised government to raise the right to Public Health Care and Maternal, Newborn and Child Health to a fundamental right as stipulated in the constitution.
While calling for the prohibition of child marriage nationwide and its implementation, the CSJ director said it was necessary to bring to book those who mismanaged the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisation fund to encourage proper management of resources in the future.