By Laide Akinboade, Abuja
The Federal Government has increased its recurrent expenditure for the Ministry of Health, from N269.3 billion in 2018, to N 315.62 billion in 2019.
President Muhammadu Buhari revealed this while presenting the 2019 budget proposal to the National Assembly, he said the allocation to the ministry represents significant increase over votes in previous budgets.
President Buhari reiterated the commitment of his administration to increase investment in national security and human capital development.
He said the government will also continue to strive to make Nigerians healthy and happy.
According to him, “In addition to building world class treatment centres, including for cancer, we will be establishing a health system that prioritises primary health care so that millions of our people can be insured for a minimum package of services with the poorest exempt from co-payments.
“In so doing, we will reduce the stress, strains and costs that the Nigerian people face in accessing decent health care,”.
The 1 per cent Consolidated Revenue Fund (CRF) earmarked for the Basic Health Care Provision Fund (BHCPF), was also included in the 2019 fiscal year.
This amounts to N51.22 billion from the nation’s CRF. This is however, lower than what was obtainable in 2018. The BHCPF in the 2018 appropriate bill was N55 billion.
“Furthermore, 1 per cent of the Consolidated Revenue Fund amounting to N51.22 billion has been earmarked for the Basic Health Care Provision Fund, and other related commitments,” he said.
Nigerians are still awaiting the release of N55 billion in the 2018 budget.