A timely release of the N55.15 billion Basic Healthcare Provision as statutory transfer would result in the realisation of the Universal Health Coverage (UHC), says the Civil Society Organisations.
The appeal was made at the end of a training organised for newsmen by United States Agency for International Development – Health Finance Governance (USAID -HFG) project.
Senior Health Finance Advisor, USAID-HFG project, Dr Sylvester Akande, said the National Health Act 2014 provides for the Basic Health Care Provision Fund (BHCPF) as statutory transfer.
The Chief of Party of USAID- HFG, Dr Gafar Alawode, said public financing of the health sector was important, if universal health coverage was going to be achieved.
“The media has an important role in the area of accountability, holding government accountable for the policy statements they have already made in the health sector and financing the health sector,’’ he said.
Co-convener of the programme, Moji Makanjuola, who is the Executive Director, ISMPH, said most of the diseases were preventable.