Osogbo – The Federal Government has flagged off healthcare policy to favour women and vulnerable people.
The flag-off of the programme took place in Osogbo, Osun State capital, at Primary Health Centre at Isale Agbara.
At the programme, the government rolled out the implementation of enrolment of clients for the Basic Healthcare Provision Fund (BHCPF).
Minister of Health, Professor Isaac Adewole, performed the launching of the programme which will equally be done in Niger, Katsina and Abia while 17 other states that have indicated interest would follow suit.
Adewole noted that residents of the State of Osun would benefit from services worth N916m over the next 9 months.
This amount is equivalent to payment for the management of 270,000 women with normal deliveries, 763,000 under five-childhood illnesses or 572,000 cases of malaria.
He added that to ensure equity in the disbursement of funds, resources would be allocated per State based on the incidence of poverty and also on a per capita basis.
This, the health minister said would make the BHCPF help reduce inequality in use and access of services particularly by the most vulnerable.
He said the programme was a signature program of the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari which was a pointer to his commitment towards achieving Universal Health Coverage and the role of Primary Health Care as the bedrock of the health system.
He added that “I am positive that Huwe will help reverse the poor health indices in the country.
“I am also hopeful that death during childbirth will be a thing of the past, and our children will no longer have to die as a result of vaccine-preventable diseases or other common ailments. Also, access to health care will not be limited because of not having money to pay.”
The Osun State governor, Mr Gboyega Oyetola appreciated the FG for always according to the state the privilege to benefit in some of its laudable health initiatives.
He assured the minister that the state would ensure effective implementation of all the components of Huwe programmes which include: antenatal care, free immunization for pregnant women, free family planning services, treatment for malaria, measles, malnutrition for children below 5 years among others.
The Osun State governor promised to constitute the state Health care Development Board as required by the scheme, assuring that the execution of the programme would be transparent.
The governor appealed to the people of the state to make good use of the federal and state government interventions by taking good care of their health in order to contribute their quota to the creation of wealth and development of the nation.