States governed by the All Progressives Congress have agreed to allocate 15% of their annual budgets on health care delivery.
The decision was made during a meeting of APC ruled states’ Commissioners of Health and Executive Secretaries of Primary Health Care Delivery to improve primary health care delivery.
This was mentioned in a Communiqué signed by Dr. Raji Razaq, Kwara State Commissioner for Health, and Salihu Lukeman, Director General of the Progressive Governors Forum, made available to journalists in Abuja on Sunday.
The meeting stressed “the need for APC States to align with Federal Government declaration of 15% annual allocation and release to health care services,” according to the communique, after considering all of the presentations and recognising the commitment of the APC as stated in the party manifestos.
The Health Commissioners decided that each APC State should construct a long-term health-care financing structure, including as health insurance and a health-emergency trust fund.
They also agreed that APC states should “domesticate Primary Health Care under one roof in accordance with Federal Government policy initiative under the National Primary Health Care Development Authority,” as per the agreement.
They agreed that “Maternal and Child Nutrition in Primary Health Care Delivery Services should receive priority consideration; APC States should increase coordination of measures to expedite the implementation of PGF Policy Initiatives on Maternal and Child Health Services Delivery.”
According to the statement, participants agreed to “revitalize Primary Health Care Services” by “guaranteeing sustainable funding of facility operations to be prioritized” in addition to erecting structures.
The commissioners also agreed that public health care services should be data-driven with appropriate ICT, and that measures should be put in place to strengthen regular processes of information sharing on issues of primary health care delivery among APC-controlled States to facilitate synergy of initiatives and proactive responses; and that COVID 19 response efforts, including immuniza, should be data-driven with appropriate ICT.