Anambra Gets ₦805 Million From National Basic Health-Care Provision Fund

By MaryRose Onuigbo, Awka

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The Anambra State Primary Health-Care Development Agency, in Awka South Eastern Nigeria, said it had accessed over N805 million from the Basic Health Care Provision Fund (BHCPF) since 2020.

Dr Chioma Ezenyimulu, Executive Secretary of the Agency made the disclosure during the 2022 Revised Budget defence before the state House of Assembly Committee on Finance and Appropriation, in Awka.

BHCPF was established under section 11 of the National Health Act 2014 as a catalyst funding to improve access to primary healthcare.

BHCPF provides free minimum basic healthcare to the poorest and most vulnerable Nigerians through accredited Primary Health Centres (PHCs) in each of the 36 states and federal capital territory

She said, “Anambra is one of the states in the country that met the criteria to access the Basic Health Care Provision Fund since 2020.

“The fund is for 332 PHCs in different Wards of the state. The fund comes quarterly by remita to the facilities from the Centra Bank of Nigeria and it is an average of about N103,000 per facility.

“Since 2020, the National Primary Healthcare Development Agency has deposited the sum of N805, 049, 047.79 to the 332 facilities to refurbish and equip the primary healthcare centres.

“The Ward Development Committee Chairmen are the signatories to the account and they carry out these projects based on an approved work plan by the national.

“Through this fund, we were able to also employ 60 midwives to fill the gap because we have shortage of staff,” she said

Responding, Dr Cater Dike-Umeh, Chairman, House Committee on Health expressed dissatisfaction over the deplorable state of PHCs in the state inspite of the BHCPF.

“In most of the constituencies, we are yet to see any PHC that has been refurbished. So, we would carry out an oversight function to see these projects the BHCPF were used for since 2020.

“The best we give you can give to residents is access to basic healthcare. We have to get it right this time around as it concerns primary healthcare in Anambra,” Dike-Umeh said.

 

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