World Health Organization ( WHO) last weekend visited Director General of Cross River State Primary Healthcare Development Agency , Dr Betta Edu and made a bold step to assist Cross River State with Health financing and resource mobilisation. As a first step, they wish to come up with a document on health financing policy that will safeguard the State Health Insurance Scheme also known as AYADECARE and primary health revitalization as well as other health finance sourcing.
The WHO team who was led by the State Coordinator, Dr Tom Igbu was accompanied by the Human Resource Personnel, Dr Ojo Muyiwa and Consultant for Health Finance, Mr Egbe Measles campaign consultant and health finance Governance consultant, Dr Chioma Bassey.
Speaking on behalf of WHO, Dr Ojo Muyiwa said the last time WHO interface with the State Ministry of Health and Cross River State House of Assembly the was a demand for the organization to support the current reforms in the State Health sector like Health Financing and help design a holistic policy document that will guide Primary Healthcare revitalization and health finance intervention, Public Private Partnership and State Health Insurance Scheme which are coming up strongly in the State.
He used the visit to introduced; Dr Chioma Bassey the Consultant from WHO who will be gathering information on Situation analysis of health financing in Cross River State especially the state aspirations, peculiar problems and the current situation of health finance in the State.
Also Speaking, Dr Chioma Bassey said healthcare financing will help strengthen healthcare delivery in Cross River State as her major tasked is to do a situation analysis and gathers information’s about what the State has been doing in healthcare financing for the past years.
She said this visit was to officially inform the Cross River State Primary Healthcare Development Agency and seek their cooperation.
Responding, Director General of Cross River State Primary Healthcare Development Agency, Dr Betta Edu said health financing is a major problem to Nigeria and Cross River State as a whole and as such the State has tried to sample out methods to fund health care which will be equitable and easy for the common man to access. We are working on donor funding, health tax, Public Private Partnership and the big one State Health insurance scheme aka ” AYADECARE ”
She said the State was looking at a situation where 2.7million Cross Riverians contributes 1000 Naira to the central purse which will enable the State provide quality healthcare delivery to the people.
The Governor is already reforming the health sector, revitalising Primary Health Care. However more needs to be done to achieve security in health care delivery. Our people still require a lot more. That’s why we need your support.
We hope that the provision of the basic health finance fund which is in the National budget, States can fare better in drug provisions, service delivery and PHC revitalization.
Dr Edu promised to assist the WHO Consultant, Dr Chioma Bassey as she undertakes her situation analysis for the State Health Financing policy.