The Federal Government has commenced the disbursement of the first phase of Basic Health Care Provision Funds estimated at N15 billion to the state health insurance agencies.
The Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire; Minister of State for Health, Dr. Olorunimbe Mamora and Executive Director of National Health Insurance Scheme, Prof. Mohammed Sambo coordinated the event on Tuesday in Abuja.
Available documents at the event indicated that 15 states and the Federal Capital Territory would be beneficiaries of the first tranche of the money.
The beneficiaries are Edo (N301m), Kastina (N636m), Yobe (N270m), Delta (N394m), Lagos (N672m), Adamawa (N342m), Kano (N948m), Anambra (N338m), Imo (N301m), Kaduna (N552m), Bauchi (N530m), Bayelsa (N116m), Ebonyi (N230m), Oyo (N449m), Plateau (N337m) and the FCT (N118m).
Ehanire, in his speech, said that the disbursement was made to states that had satisfied the criteria as of February 2019 and that more states would be included as the fund was necessary “for the provision of much-needed health services to all Nigerians especially the vulnerable populations.
“It is our plan and desire that this fund will be judiciously utilised by the benefiting states which will, in turn, reduce the hardship experienced by many Nigerians who daily pay throughout of pocket as a result of ill health.
“The Universal Health Coverage remained a top priority on the global agenda and an integral part of the Sustainable Development Goals which many nations, including Nigeria, were pursuing vigorously for the benefit of their citizens.”