The Federal Government of Nigeria has disbursed the sum of N12.7B to three health agencies. These funds came as part of the Basic Healthcare Provision Fund (BHCPF), as highlighted in the 2018 budget.
The Minister of Health, Professor Isaac Adewole, disclosed this in a statement in Abuja on Saturday. He said the benefiting health agencies are the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS), the National Primary Healthcare Development Agency (NPHCDA), and the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC). These agencies received the sum of N6.5B, N5.8B, and N327M respectively.
Quoting the minister:
“It is my pleasure to inform Nigerians and our partners that the sum of N12.7B was disbursed into the NHIS, NPHCDA and NCDC TSA accounts at the CBN.
According to Adewole, the transfer marks an important step in the implementation of the BHCPF program. The BHCPF program is aimed at improving how health care is financed and delivered in the country.
He added that the present administration will work with the NPHCDA and NHIS to ensure the funds are disbursed into account of States that have been set up at CBN. Furthermore, he stressed that the Federal Government spends over five billion Naira on health humanitarian response in Borno State.