APC states pledge 15% budget to healthcare

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John Alechenu

Governments of the All Progressives Congress-controlled states have committed to allocating 15 per cent of the annual budgets for healthcare delivery.

The decision was taken at a meeting of Commissioners of Health and Executive Secretaries of Primary Health Care Delivery of APC controlled states, on improving primary health care delivery in the APC States.

This was contained in a Communiqué signed by the Kwara State Commissioner for Health Dr. Raji Razaq and the Director-General of the Progressives Governors Forum, Salihu Lukeman, made available to journalists in Abuja, on Sunday.

The communique said after considering all the presentations and recognising the commitment of APC as provided in the party manifestos, the meeting stressed: “The need for the APC states to align with Federal Government declaration of 15 per cent annual allocation and release to healthcare services.”

The Health Commissioners agreed that each of the APC States should undertake the establishment of sustainable health care financing systems such as health insurance and health emergency trust fund.

They also agreed that the APC states should “domesticate Primary Health Care under one roof in line with Federal Government policy initiative under the National Primary Health Care Development Authority.”

They agreed that “Priority consideration to be given to Maternal and Child Nutrition in Primary Health Care Delivery Services; APC States to strengthen coordination of initiatives to fast track implementation of PGF Policy initiatives on Maternal and Child Health Services Delivery.”

According to the communique, those at the meeting also agreed to revitalise Primary Health Care Services, beyond erecting structures but also guaranteeing sustainable funding of facility operations to be prioritised.”

The commissioners also agreed to ensure that Public health care services should be data-driven with the appropriate ICT, while measures should be put in place to strengthen regular processes of information sharing on issues of primary health care delivery among APC controlled States to facilitate synergy of initiatives and proactive responses; and that COVID 19 response efforts, including immunization, should be sustained in the APC states.”

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