Minister of Health, Osasie Ehanire, has launched the first phase of 13, 775 billion naira disbursement of Basic Healthcare Provision Fund, to states through the National Health Insurance Scheme NHIS gateway.
Ehanire who stated this at a news conference in Abuja, said NHIS would be disbursing 6.5 billion naira of the 13, 775 billion naira to 15 states including the FCT, who had met the criteria as at February 15th.
He said the first tranche of disbursement of the fund would be given to the State Social Health Insurance Agencies SSHIA by the NHIS.
The minister explained that the funds would be administered through three gateways namely; NHIS, National Primary Healthcare Development Agency, and the Federal Ministry of Health.
He said other states that were eligible would be accommodated as the fund was meant for all Nigerians.
Ehanire said the event was a significant milestone in the development of Nigeria’s health sector, adding that the Universal Health Coverage was top priority on global agenda of the Sustainable Development Goals.