The Government Director of Challenge Pink Blue (PPB) – Well being & Psychological Belief Centre, Runcie C.W Chidebe, has known as on the federal authorities and Nationwide Meeting to urgently transfer the over N1billion Most cancers Well being Fund from Federal Ministry of Well being (FMoH) to the Nationwide Well being Insurance coverage Authority (NHIA).
Chidebe made the decision lately in Abuja through the Well being Financing Coverage Dialogue organised by PharmAccess Basis, World Financial institution and the Nigeria Well being Watch with the purpose of exploring new well being financing approaches in Nigeria.
Talking in a second-panel session themed “Modern mechanism for healthcare financing- earmarking taxes for well being at nationwide and sub-national ranges’’, Chidebe stated, “What we’ve learnt from the Most cancers Well being Fund is that advocacy works and that the federal authorities listens to the individuals”.
He stated implementing Most cancers Well being Funds has been marred with challenges. Firstly, this fund shouldn’t be Federal Ministry of Well being’s cash, it’s Nigerian most cancers sufferers’ cash and will by no means be used for the acquisition of undertaking autos.
“Secondly, the delay within the disbursement of this fund is totally shameful. Since 2020 and 2021, the federal authorities has appropriated over N1billion for the remedy of indigent Nigerian most cancers sufferers and the Federal Ministry of Well being was delaying disbursement.
“Sadly, after they have been requested, their response was that they have been ready for President Muhammadu Buhari to launch the fund earlier than it might be disbursed to indigent most cancers sufferers”
“So, most cancers sufferers can be ready for Mr. President to launch a fund that he already appropriated and signed, whereas 1000’s of indigent most cancers sufferers shall be dying? It’s a disgrace that we now have healthcare leaders who’re extra involved in serving their principals as an alternative of serving the individuals.
“Most cancers Well being Funds must be moved from the Federal Ministry of Well being to Nationwide Well being Insurance coverage Authority (NHIA) to make sure it’s accessed shortly on the level of care’’ stated Chidebe.
Additionally, the Nation Director of PharmaAccess Basis Njide Ndili, stated they’ve a pathway for implementing among the funds from the Sugar Sweetened Beverage (SSB) tax by way of state supported well being care programme.
“We hope that this assembly will begin a complete new dialog on well being care financing in Nigeria,”.