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FCTA launches Health Sector Resource Mobilization Plan, seeks N61bn
• Dividends include maternal mortality reduction by 24%
• Under-5 mortality rate slash by 21%
• Infant mortality reduction by 26%
• Additional 31,254 children's lives could be saved
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2nd Dec, 2019 | By Badaru Yakasai | ||

A princely sum of N61 billion is being sought by health authorities of Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) to finance the Strategic Health Development Plan (SHDP) 11 2018-2022.

To this end, the Administration's Health and Human Services Secretariat (HHSS) last week officially launched the FCT Health Sector Resource Mobilization Plan (2018 - 2022). The arrangement also contains a minimum service package and four-year plan for FCT primary health care (PHC) sector. When fully implemented, the SHDP 11 is expected to yield maternal mortality reduction by 24%, infant mortality reduction by 26%, and under-5 mortality rate slash by 21%.

Furthermore, an additional 31,254 children's lives could be saved between now and 2022; about 400 maternal deaths averted by 2022 and a productivity loss of N51.1 million per maternal death avoided through the provision of life-saving maternal health services. Delivering a keynote address at the unveiling of the plan, Acting Secretary, HHSS, Alhaji Musa Abdurraheem said the FCT Health Sector Resource Mobilization Plan 2018-2022 is a pragmatic response to mobilize the afore-mentioned hefty sum to finance the Strategic Health Development Plan 11 2018-2022 with a funding gap of N88 billion.

The Acting Secretary, who was represented by the Director, Special Duties, Dr. Mathew Ashikeni said that the plan seeks to establish and provide specific guidance on the reason to deepen investments in the health sector and the outcome objectives to be achieved. According to him, the latter includes substantial improvement in the health system and service delivery to reduce disease burden, increase life expectancy and healthy years for the FCT populace.

He remarked that health care service delivery was both labour- and capital-intensive and therefore required sustained fund mobilization on annual basis. The Acting Secretary disclosed that African Union (AU) countries met in Abuja in 2001 and made a declaration to allocate at least 15% of individual member-nation's annual budget to health, noting that this has however remained a mirage in view of dwindling national revenue.

Unveiling the structure of the FCT Health Resource Mobilization Plan, Alhaji Abdurraheem stated that it had four domains---fiscal space analysis, which is the key area to increase resource pool for health; government budgeting; health insurance and earmarks; official development assistance, private sector and efficiency of health expenditures.

The Acting Secretary therefore called on all stakeholders not to only embrace the document plan, but ensure effective implementation so that "we make more money available for the implementation of FCT Strategic Health Development Plan 11.'' Speaking earlier, Executive Secretary, FCT Primary Health Care Board, Dr. Ndaeyo Iwot said out of the 75 PHC centres and 79 PHC clinics required, FCTA selected 67 PHC centres and 55 PHC clinics to serve as functional centres and clinics respectively.

He added that 42 of the selected PHC centres needed to be upgraded to meet the required standard, saying that FCT needed to construct eight PHC clinics and 24 others to meet the minimum facilities required across all the Territory's 62 wards and 122 selected health facilities, some of which could do with varying degrees of renovation and maintenance.

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