FCTA commits N100 million for basic healthcare

Hudu Yakubu, Abuja


The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) says it has committed N100 million as counterpart fund for Basic Health Care Provision Fund (BHCPF).

This was disclosed at a news conference on Monday in Abuja, by Alhaji Abdulraheem Musa, Director of Admin and Finance, FCT Health and Human Service Secretariat ahead of the programme which will commence on Wednesday, 7th of August.

Musa said the FCTA had set up all necessary governance and accountability structures at the six area councils, wards and facility levels for smooth operation of the programme in the territory.

He said the programme was another landmark targeted at improving the health narrative in the FCT.

He explained that BHCPF is an intervention by the Federal Government to improve healthcare services in the country.

The director said that the fund was also aimed at supporting effective delivery of Primary Healthcare Services, provision of Basic Minimum Package of Health Service and Emergency Medical Treatment.

He further said that the fund would be efficiently and equitably used to provide health services to ensure financial risk protection in accessing quality health services for all Nigerians, particularly the poor and most vulnerable.

According to him, FCT has met all the eligibility criteria stipulated for the enrolment and operation of the fund.

He added that “with the launch of the Basic Health Care Provision Fund in FCT, all Abuja residents are eligible to be enrolled to access basic minimum package of health services. The services include free ante natal care delivery and post natal care for pregnant women, malaria, pneumonia, measles and dysentery immunisation for children under five years. Also in the package are malaria treatment, screening for hypertension, diabetes and family planning for all adults.”

He restated the commitment of the FCTA to the provide quality healthcare services to all the residents of the territory.

The FCT Coordinator, World Health Organisation(WHO), Dr Fuleratu Zakari, said the programme would help FCT to achieve Universal Health Coverage.

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