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₦203bn to upgrade health facilities from FG

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By Mercy Kelani

This funding will facilitate the training of 25,000 frontline health workers.

In the last four years, the Federal Government has allocated a substantial amount of ₦203 billion via the Basic Healthcare Provision Fund (BHCPF) for the enhancement of 8,000 healthcare facilities across the nation, marking a remarkable upgrade for a fraction of the total 40,000 healthcare centres. There is a considerable void of approximately 32,000 establishments that are yet to engage in the execution of the one percent consolidated revenue fund via the Basic Healthcare Provision Fund (BHCPF).

Also, in the meantime, there is an allocation of approximately $1.8 million from the Global Fund specifically designated for the National Malaria Elimination Programme (NMEP) grant. This funding is aimed at facilitating the training of 25,000 frontline health workers across 13 states. NMEP, in collaboration with the National Primary Healthcare Development Agency (NPHCDA), along with the Department of Hospital Services in the Federal Ministry of Health and various other parties involved, have collectively established a proposition.

Global Fund Malaria Community-led Monitoring Project.

Furthermore, this proposition states that approximately 25,000 healthcare professionals can undergo training using these allocated resources, on the condition that the selection process solely includes individuals from the 13 states in Nigeria that are supported by the Global Fund. Ibrahim Tajudeen, the Acting Executive Secretary of the Country Coordinating Mechanism (CCM) for the Global Fund, shared this information during a press conference that was held in Abuja. The conference took place after a National Media Meeting.

The National Media Meeting that was held before the news conference had its focus on the Global Fund Malaria Community-led Monitoring Project. The project is currently being carried out by the civil society organization, ACOMIN, which specializes in malaria control, immunization, and nutrition. He further stated that during the recommendation of the BHCPF to the National Health Act, there was an anticipation of allocating one percent of the Consolidated Revenue Funds to the BHCPF annually.

Increment of participating facilities in the BHCPF programme.

Additionally, he pointed out that the implementation of a sector-wide approach would contribute to an overhaul of the existing BHCPF. Tajudeen emphasized that the government had made a significant announcement regarding the increment of participating facilities in the BHCPF programme. Currently standing at 8,800, these facilities are expected to reach a remarkable total of 17,000. This ambitious goal indicates a positive trajectory and signals progress for Nigeria, should it be achieved within the upcoming two years.

According to him, implementing Universal Health Coverage (UHC) will alleviate the physical and financial burdens experienced by people. He emphasized that if the extra resources obtained from organizations like the Global Fund, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF), and other important parties are utilized appropriately, Nigeria stands a good chance of achieving UHC. This can be accomplished by eliminating waste, duplication, and reducing the expenses associated with service delivery by adopting efficient and effective strategies.

PMI by the U.S. government is providing assistance to 11 states.

Regarding the elimination of Malaria, HIV, and Tuberculosis (TB) in Nigeria, it was clarified that the Global Fund has extended its support to a total of 13 states in Nigeria, whereas the Presidential Malaria Initiative (PMI) by the U.S. government is providing assistance to 11 states in the country. The U.S. President’s Malaria Initiative, serving as a central hub in the worldwide battle against malaria, has played a pivotal role in preserving countless lives and driving notable advancements in education, productivity, and economic progress.


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AN-Toni
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2 months ago

₦203bn to upgrade health facilities from FG. – This funding will facilitate the training of 25,000 frontline health workers. – Express your point of view.

Adeoye Adegoke
Member
2 months ago

The allocation of ₦203bn by the FG to upgrade health facilities and train 25,000 frontline health workers is a significant step towards strengthening our healthcare system.
Investing in the improvement of health facilities is crucial for providing quality care and ensuring that our healthcare infrastructure can meet the needs of the population. Upgraded facilities can enhance the delivery of healthcare services, improve patient outcomes, and create a more conducive environment for healthcare professionals.
Moreover, training frontline health workers is essential, especially in the face of challenges like the COVID-19 pandemic. These dedicated individuals are at the forefront of providing care and support to patients, and their expertise is invaluable in ensuring the well-being of the population.
By investing in their training, we can enhance their skills, knowledge, and capacity to handle various healthcare scenarios effectively. This will not only benefit the individuals themselves but also contribute to the overall improvement of healthcare services in our country.
I’m truly hopeful that this funding will be utilized effectively, and the upgrade of health facilities and training of frontline health workers will have a positive impact on our healthcare system. It’s a great step towards building a stronger and more resilient healthcare infrastructure for the benefit of all Nigerians. 🏥💙

SarahDiv
Member
2 months ago

The news of the ₦203 billion allocation for healthcare is encouraging. It reflects a commitment to improving health facilities and training frontline workers, addressing critical needs. The collaboration with Global Fund and efforts to achieve Universal Health Coverage are positive steps towards a healthier Nigeria.

Kazeem1
Member
2 months ago

The Basic Healthcare Provision Fund (BHCPF) has been used by the government to provide a substantial amount of ₦203 billion for the improvement of 8,000 healthcare facilities nationwide. This funding will be used efficiently, and the improvements to the facilities and the training of frontline healthcare personnel will benefit our healthcare system.

Taiwo
Member
2 months ago

Upgrading health facilities from FG will cost ₦203bn. The training of 25,000 frontline healthcare professionals will be made possible by this money. We ought to modernize our medical facilities with this kind of money in an appropriate manner. Additionally, educating these healthcare professionals will enhance our healthcare system.