14 December 2020 by Florence Adewale
The Country Director, Result for Development Institute, Dr. Hope Uweja has advocated increase in budgetary allocation for the health sector to adequately provide qualitative healthcare services.
Dr. Uweja Made the call in Abuja at a stakeholders meeting with the Ministry of Health on budget process reforms.
Dr. Uweja who said, this became necessary to strengthen the system as covid 19 exposed the weaknesses of the nation’s health sector.
He stressed the need for twenty twenty one budget to reflect the new priority of the Federal Government basic health provision for all Nigerians.
“There is need to make it mandatory to be a legal framework of an act of Parliament. Even at the last time the ministry was making presentation on this, the Chairman Senate Committee on Health said they will even want to increase health provisions for the poor from one percent to at least five percent.”
In a message, the Minister of Health Dr. Osagie Erhanire pledged the Federal Government’s commitment to ensure reforms in the budgeting of the Ministry for improved health care delivery in the Country.
Dr. Erhanire who was represented by the Permanent Secretary, Mallam Abdulaziz Abdullahi said the reforms became necessary to meet the inadequate facilities across the country.
In his words “The recommendations from the study to fill the identified gaps formed the basis for the FMOH budget process reforms, which include refined processes for development of strategic budgets that are linked to the health sector
I wish to appreciate our Partners namely: Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Results for Development (R4D), and Sydani Initiative for International Development for their supportive roles in the Budget Process Reform of the Ministry. We also use this opportunity to thank all our partners for their collaborations.”
Other stakeholders at the forum pledged to collaborate with the Ministry to ensure effective coordination of the health budget to guarantee value for money on health care services in the country.