FG to disburse N25bn healthcare infrastructure enhancement funds to states – Pate 


The Coordinating Minister of Health and Social Welfare, Professor Muhammed Pate, says the Federal Government has approved the disbursement of N25bn through the Basic Health Care Provision Fund to enhance healthcare infrastructure in states.

He disclosed this in Abuja at the sixth meeting of the BHCPF Ministerial Oversight Committee.

The minister explained that the funds were designated for direct facility financing and workforce incentives across states.

Pate said that the initiative was in line with President Bola Tinubu’s agenda and commitment to improving healthcare outcomes for Nigerian women, children, and vulnerable populations.

According to him, the disbursement would be facilitated through gateways including the National Primary Health Care Development Agency and National Health Insurance Authority.

He added, “This substantial investment underscores our dedication to enhancing healthcare infrastructure and supporting our healthcare workforce.

“In addition to direct facility financing and workforce incentives, a portion of the funds will be allocated by the NHIA to provide financial protection for the poorest and most vulnerable populations, further ensuring equitable access to healthcare services.”

The minister announced the establishment of a dedicated reporting mechanism for citizens to report any misuse or deviation from guidelines regarding the disbursement of the funds.

Pate stated, “An email address and reporting line will be made available, enabling citizens to actively participate in monitoring fund implementation.

“We are committed to ensuring that healthcare resources are utilised effectively and transparently.

“Regular monitoring and oversight will be conducted to uphold the fiduciary integrity of healthcare systems, ensuring that Nigerians benefit from these resources.”

Meanwhile, Dr Oyebanji Filani, who spoke on behalf of Commissioners for Health and Human Services, pledged that all the states would prioritise the quality of care provided to Nigerians even after leaving the hospital.

He said their plans include strengthening public health units and ensuring that frontline health workers and civil servants receive the necessary support.

Filani added, “We are committed to ensuring that every Nigerian has access to good quality healthcare services.

“By bolstering resources at the state level and fostering stronger collaboration with the federal government, we aim to significantly improve the quality of healthcare services in the near future.

“With a focus on enhancing healthcare delivery nationwide, stakeholders anticipate tangible improvements in health services across the country.”

The Executive Director, NPHCDA, Dr Muyi Aina, said a series of initiatives aimed at ensuring accountability and enhancing service delivery.

He emphasised the importance of transparency in expenditure and announced the establishment of a dedicated call line for whistleblowers to report any discrepancies or malpractices observed in the field.

According to him, the government would leverage software technology to track expenditure at the facility level and ensure funds allocated are utilised appropriately.

“Our goal is to ensure that every Nigerian has access to the basic services they need,” he said.

Dr Kelechi Ohiri, Director-General of NHIA, underscored the importance of ensuring financial access to healthcare for all Nigerians by reducing out-of-pocket payments for healthcare services.



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