Health Budget: NASS Considers 1% Of Consolidated Revenue Fund – Hon Usman

By Chioma Umeha

Hon. Mohammed Usman, the Deputy Chair, House Committee on Health Services, has lamented that Nigeria budget has not been able to actualise one per cent Consolidated Revenue Fund (CRF) allocation to health as stipulated in the National Health Act of 2014.
He said that the legislators  have been trying to work out the modality of meeting the allocation to provide for effective health care services at all levels in the country   since 2016 till date, adding that this may be captured in the 2018 budget.
Hon. Usman said this in Abuja at the Primary Healthcare Advocacy Civil Society Organisations Learning Dissemination Meeting organised by  Mamaye E4A.
He expressed optimism that with the introduction of public hearing, CSOs can come and scrutinise the budget.
It would be recalled that the NH Acts states that one per cent of consolidated revenue of the country be made available to provide basic healthcare services to all Nigerians especially the poor.
It also stated that 50 per cent of the revenue be given to the National Health Insurance Scheme as basic minimum health package (health for all) while 45 per cent of the funds be given to the National Primary Health Care Development Agency for provision of essential drugs and vaccines, Laboratory equipment and Logistics and also for human resources for its activities.
The other five percent is to be given to the federal ministry of health for emergency medical treatment.
Similarly, the Executive Secretary of the National Primary Healthcare Development Agency (NPHCDA) Dr Faisal Shuaib said there is an improvement from the driving efforts of our various partners.  We are achieved a lot with so many challenges.
According to the NPHCDA Boss, who was represented at the occasion by Dr. Abdullah in Bulaga Garbage s few states have full component of PHC.
Speaking also at the event, the NURHI2 Portfolio Director, Dr. Mojisola Odeku said we started PHC under one roof,  but was lost  due to lack of leadership and commitment.
Meanwhile, the Country Director, MamayeE4A, Dr. Tunde Segun in his address of welcome said the ultimate goal of health care is for effective, efficient and coordinated PHC services can be delivered to the citizens especially the vulnerable women and children.
According to him, the organisation has supported Civil Society Organisations in nine states to get involved in advocating for the implementation of specific pillars of Primary Health care Under one Roof (PHCUOR) as a novel strategy.