As part of efforts to achieve universal health coverage, the federal government has inaugurated a National Steering Committee on Basic Health Care Provision Fund.
Inaugurating the committee in Abuja, minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, said that the committee was expected to advocate for more resources and to ensure smooth operation of the Basic Health Healthcare Provision Fund.
Adewole, who is also the Chairman of the Committee informed that three states had been selected (Niger, Abia and Osun ) to serve as the first set of states for commencement of the implementation of the Programme scheduled to begin by the second quarter of 2018.
He also stated that baseline survey of the facilities to be used in each selected states has also commenced while stating that Global Financing Facility through World Bank and Bill and Melinda Foundation provided initial resources to implement section 11 of National Health Act 204 on provision of the basic minimum package of healthcare services for all Nigerians.
According to him, terms of reference for the committee include Promoting true collaboration in the development and implementation of basic healthcare provision fund and being fully transparent.