APC states commit 15% of annual budget to healthcare

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States controlled by the All Progressives Congress (APC) states have committed to allocate 15 per cent of their annual budgets to healthcare delivery.

This decision was taken at a meeting of commissioners of health and executive secretaries of primary health care delivery of APC-controlled states.

The meeting was convened to deliberate on improving primary health care in APC States.

The resolution is contained in a communiqué signed by the Kwara State commissioner for health, Dr Raji Razaq and the director general of the Progressives Governors’ Forum, Mr. Salihu Lukeman issued yesterday.

The communiqué stated that after considering all the presentations and recognising the commitment of APC as provided in the party manifesto, the meeting stressed “the need for APC states to align with the federal government’s declaration of 15 per cent annual allocation and release to health care services.”

The health commissioners agreed that each of the APC states should undertake the establishment of a sustainable health care financing system such as health insurance and health emergency trust fund.

They also agreed that APC states should “domesticate primary health care under one roof in line with the federal government policy initiative under the National Primary Health Care Development Authority.”

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