BY SOLOMON AYADO, Abuja
Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) under the Health Sector Reform Coalition have urged the National Assembly to implement the 2014 National Health Act to enhance adequate healthcare delivery in the country.
The coalition said three years after the Act was signed into law, it’s implementation has been slow with zero funding commitment to the basic healthcare services in each year’s budget.
This was revealed yesterday during an interactive session organised by the coalition in Abuja. The discussion hinged on lack of funding for basic healthcare and the worsening health outcomes in Nigeria.
Speaking for the coalition, Deacon Mike Egboh noted that with yearly low budgetary allocation to the health sector, the prevalent inefficiency, lack of accountability and transparency have further significantly created the low returns on value for money for healthcare services.
According to Egboh, promises are made by relevant authorities to implement basic healthcare provision fund but are not fulfilled. He urged the federal and states government to set up governance structures for deeper engagement of stakeholders and make annual budgetary provisions to sustainably meet the counterpart funding requirement.
While calling for rapid response to address the myriads challenges facing the Nigeria health sector, the Country Director of One Nigeria, Serah Makka-Ugbabe stated that the country must increase investment in health with transparent expenditure so as to end the ugly trend of medical tourism by Nigerians.