Senate President Bukola Saraki said the 2018 appropriation bill will include 1% of consolidated revenue stipulated by the National Health Act to fund the Basic Health Care Provision Fund.
”To us in (National Assembly) this is key to address the sector” said Saraki. ”We hope that by the time the bill is signed. we will have that 1% And that is our promise. The question now is how to ensure that the money is properly managed.
Vice president Yemi Osinbajo called the 1% inclusion to fund basic primary health care ”wonderful news” but cautioned that public sector investment in health care must be ”substantially improved” but was unlikely to be ever sufficient.