Stakeholders in the health sector converged in Abuja to disseminate 2006-2009, 2010 -2016 National Health Account Report and also to validate the findings of the 2017 National Health Account Studies.
The Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole while speaking during the event said that National Health Account was the global best practices that ensure complete health financing data for information
The Minister who was represented by the Director Human Resources, Alh. Aliyu Muhammad said decision making.that the study offers countries extensive opportunity to review all expenditures on health in the economy. It gives opportunity to track flow of funds from various financing sources through health financial scheme such as social or private insurances.
According to the Hon. Minister, the results of the studies have consistently shows that out of pocket health expenses (OOPE) was high and continually increasing.
He said “Against the global Universal Health Coverage (UHC) benchmark of 30% the OOPE in Nigeria is unenviably as high as 71.5% and 78%.1 based on 2016 and 2017 estimates respectively, this invariably shows that our health system is mainly financed from out of pockets”, the Minister said.
However, the Minister said with the commencement of the Basic Healthcare Provision Fund (HUWE) the trend is going to be corrected.
He said “as we implement the Basic Healthcare Provision Fund It is my strong desire and belief that it will help address the inefficiencies within our health system as well as strengthen the reprioritization of our primary healthcare system”
In his remarks, the WHO representative, Dr. Clement Peter said that the Health Account Report is very useful in providing appropriate roadmap and essential baseline for achieving the Universal Health Coverage Agenda.
“This will play vital role in the tracking of implementation progress, especially as the operationalization of the Basic Healthcare Provision Fund has commenced, Dr. Peter
Also in his goodwill message, the Programme Manager, Health and Nutrition European Union Delegation to Nigeria and ECOWAS Dr. Anthony Ayeke said that it is crucial for effective policy implementation in the health sector to know exactly from where funds come, where its go, what services and good the money is used to purchase and whom are the beneficiaries.
The EU representative hope that the long standing relationship between EU, Government and partners like WHO would be strengthened by the working documents and implementation manual.
The Project is funded by European Union through World Health Organization(WHO).