States controlled by the Congress of All Progressives (APC) have stated their determination to align with the federal government in declaring the 15 percent annual allocation and release for health services.
They have also resolved to undertake the establishment of sustainable health care financing systems, such as health insurance and the trust fund for health emergencies.
The position of the APC states was collected in a statement issued yesterday and jointly signed by the Kwara State Health Commissioner, Dr. Raji Razaq, and the Director-General of the Progressive Governors Forum (PGF), Dr. Salihu Lukman, after the meeting of Commissioners of Executive Secretaries and Health of the Agency for the Development of Primary Health Care of the States Controlled by APC on improving the delivery of primary health care.
The meeting was held on Thursday, August 26, 2021, in Ilorin, Kwara state, with the theme “Improving the delivery of primary health care in the state of APC”.
The objectives of the meeting included Identifying the challenges of providing primary health care; Offer sustainable solutions aimed at addressing the identified challenges facing primary health care; Facilitate the adoption of the uniform implementation of policy initiatives on the provision of primary health care in all APC states, among others.
The meeting resolved the following: “The need for APC states to align with the Federal Government’s statement of allocation and the annual release of 15% for health care services;
“APC States will undertake the establishment of sustainable healthcare financing systems, such as health insurance and the Health Emergency Trust Fund.”
The meeting also resolved that APC states should domesticate Primary Health Care under one roof, in accordance with the policy initiatives of the federal government under the National Authority for the Development of Primary Health Care.
Furthermore, it resolved that priority consideration should be given to maternal and child nutrition in primary health care services.
He added: “The APC States will strengthen the coordination of initiatives to accelerate the implementation of the PGF policy initiatives on the provision of maternal and child health services.”
However, It resolved that APC states should revitalize primary health care services, beyond building structures, but also ensuring sustainable financing of facility operations to make them a priority.