Primary Healthcare for All: This is Why Nigerians are Happy with the Senate

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Nigeria accounts for 10% of the world’s maternal mortality rate and 8% of the world’s infant mortality rate.
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Nigeria also has the 3rd highest infant mortality rate in the world.
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This is why the 7th National Assembly passed the National Health Act in 2014.
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After the 7th National Assembly passed the National Health Act, President Goodluck Jonathan signed it into law.
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A critical clause of the National Health Act is Section 11.1 which calls for the establishment of a Basic Healthcare Provision Fund.
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Section 11.1 of the National Health Act also mandates that 1% of the Consolidated Revenue Fund must be used for the Basic Healthcare Provision Fund.
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However, since 2014, the Basic Healthcare Provision Fund has not been kick-started.
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In 2017, the Nigerian Senate passed a resolution saying that the Federal Government must implement the National Health Act of 2014.
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The Senate stated that the Federal Government must include a funding provision for the BHCPF in the 2018 budget.
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The Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, also reiterated the Senate’s call for the BHCPF at the launch of Legislative Network for Universal Healthcare in 2017. This network brought together all the Chairman of the Health Committees from the 36 States in Nigeria.
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Fast-forward to November 2017. The National Assembly received the 2018 budget. The leadership of both the Senate and the House, and the Chairmen of the Health Committees in both Chambers, worked with the appropriations Committees to ensure that funding was included for the Basic Healthcare Fund when the budget was passed on May 16th, 2018.
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What the National Assembly has just done is kick-start a process that will ensure that Nigerians across the country will be able to receive more affordable (and perhaps free) access to primary healthcare services at centers across the nation.
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These are the benefits of what the 8th Senate has just done.
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Finally, this is the breakdown of how the money will be spent according the National Health Act.

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Official Twitter Account of the Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

Official Twitter Account of the Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

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