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Edo Govt Commits N100m To Deepen Basic Healthcare Reforms



Edo governor, Mr Godwin Obaseki

Edo Government says it has committed N100 million, as counterpart fund, to the Basic Healthcare Provision Fund (BHCPF), for responsive, efficient and accessible healthcare through the Primary Healthcare Centres (PHCs).

Dr David Osifo, the State Commissioner for Health, made the disclosure on Tuesday at a workshop on Health Workforce Registry in Benin.

Osifo said the contribution was to enable the state government to benefit from the Federal Government fund through BHCPF.

BHCPF is the fundamental funding provision under the National Health Act, signed in 2014.

He said that the state House of Assembly had passed the Health Insurance Bill to pave way for the smooth running of the fund.

The commissioner said the state was expected to benefit from the fund by the time it met the requisite criteria, including the counterpart fund.

He said, “to ensure sustainability and ownership of BHCPF, states are expected to co-fund the BHCPF, beginning with an
initial N100 million as part-expression of interest to implement the BHCPF.’’

The commissioner said the state was also required to create State Health Insurance Agency and State Primary Healthcare Development Boards, to serve as channels through which implementation would be monitored.

Gov. Godwin Obaseki of Edo, had recently inaugurated a 17-member State Primary Healthcare Board, to deepen the revamp of the state’s primary healthcare system.

Obaseki urged members of the board to support the vision of his administration in delivering quality and affordable healthcare to the people.