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Prioritize Primary Healthcare Centers In Budgets – Stakeholders

Stakeholders In the Health Sector have again reiterated the need to prioritize Primary Healthcare Centers in budgetary allocations to boost Health Care delivery in the Country.

They made the call at a validation meeting of the Pre Health Budget Memorandum organized by the Center For Social Justice, CJS in collaboration with USAID in Abuja.

The meeting seeks to articulate a memo to guide the Federal Government in coming up with policies that would help achieve the realization of the right to Health in Nigeria.

It also seeks to make recommendations towards policies that are consistent with strategic and high level health plans, prioritize Primary Healthcare Centers, provide enabling environment and motivate domestic resource mobilization as a step toward Universal Health Coverage and maintain the Integrity Health Information Management System amongst others.

In his presentation, Barrister Eze Onyekpere alluded that most Primary Healthcare Centers across the country were in dire need of urgent intervention hence the need for adequate funding to enable them deliver on their mandate of providing basic health care services.

He further stressed the need for a robust Health Insurance policy to ensure Universal Health Coverage for Nigerians.

A participant at the meeting, Moses Emorinkan identified poor releases and utilization of funds appropriated for the sector as a major challenge.

He explained that proper utilization of these funds would help in the realization of the right to health in Nigeria.

Other participants also called for more sensitization of Nigerians on the need to key into available Health Insurance Schemes to enable them access healthcare services.

Present at the meeting are representatives of National Health Insurance Authority, Non Govermental Organizations, the National Assembly, and the Media.

By Aisha Adesanya

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