The Federal government has declared that with the kick-off of the Basic Health Care Provision Fund (BHCPF) in Oshogbo last Friday, the Buhari regime has begun the delivery of the largest health care reform in Africa.
The BHCPF is a Federal government program that guarantees essential health services to the poorest and most vulnerable Nigerians.
It is expected that over 100 million Nigerians will benefit from the program in the first two years of implementation.
“Through the BHCPF the Federal Government demonstrates a strong commitment to the financing and delivery of primary health care services in Nigeria. The program design employs a unique implementation approach backed by the 2014 National Health Act,” the government said in an online statement on Monday morning.
Under the scheme, government will purchase and reimburse both public and private facilities for delivering an explicit and guaranteed package of services.
These services include Ante-Natal Care, Delivery including Ceasarian Section, Family Planning, and treatment of childhood illnesses, treatment of malaria and screening and referral of Non- Communicable Diseases.
In addition, publicly-owned facilities will receive a defined amount of money at the beginning of every month to enable them improve the quality of services.
“By transferring funds directly from the Central Bank through implementing agencies at the Federal and State levels to accredited public and private primary health facilities where services are rendered, the BHCPF governance arrangement ensures accountability and probity,” Government stated.
The quality of improvement in care provided will be measured using scorecards. Furthemore, a performance and data management system underpinned by a robust ICT framework will be developed to enable State and Federal actors track performance.
Furthermore, the government said several development partners including the World Bank through the Global Financing Facility, BMGF, USAID, DFID support the funding and implementation of the BHCPF.
20 States & the FCT have indicated interest in partaking in the program, which will commence immediately this May. These States include: Abia, Adamawa,Anambra, Bauchi, Bayelsa, Delta, Edo, Ebonyi, Ekiti, Imo, Kano, Kaduna, Katsina, Kwara, Lagos, Niger, Osun, Oyo, Plateau and Yobe.