Fund health programmes, CSOs appeal to corporate bodies, philanthropists centres
At a one day valida¬tion meeting for Trend Anal¬ysis of 2006-2016 Health Sec¬tor Budget, in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, The Programme Officer for Health Reform Foundation of Nigeria (HERFON), Anu Roti¬mi, said A coalition of Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) involved in the promo¬tion of health programmes have called on individuals, corporate organizations, philanthropists and other concerned stakehold¬ers to be deeply involved in the funding of health programmes in all parts of the country.
The group also charged gov¬ernments at all levels to look for alternative ways of funding the health sector, and described health as a critical sector which need ade¬quate funding.
In a communique issued at the end of the meeting, the co¬alition while commending the Oyo State Government and the State House of Assembly for the passage of NHIS bill into law. It further noted that this will im¬prove the health sector in the State.
The communique which was signed by the representatives of HERFON, Nigerian Urban Reproductive Health Initiative (NURHI), LIFEBUILDERS, As¬sociation for Reproductive and Family Health (ARFH), PPFN, market women and FFH among others also urged stakehold¬ers including government func¬tionaries and philanthropist to be ready to assist the coalition to achieve health reforms in the state.
“The coalition agreed that Primary Healthcare under one roof bill (PHCUOR) should be passed into law and not an agency in accordance to the health act.
“The coalition recommends media engagement in sensitiz¬ing the public on the benefits of Health Insurance Scheme and the government should make family planning a developmen¬tal priority”.