from one percent to three percent, in order to achieve Universal Health Coverage, (UHC).

Chairman of the forum and Sokoto state Governor, Aminu Tambuwal, made the call at a high-level forum on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) panel dialogue on the “Universal Coverage and the Basic Health Fund”, on the side-lines of the 28th Nigerian Economic Summit.

He pointed out that increased funding would ensure that more Nigerians had access to health-care services and reduce the burden of out-of-pocket expenses for health services.

Tambuwal also noted that inadequate funding and human resources, as well as insecurity, were the bane for achieving effective implementation of the Basic Primary Health Care Fund in the country.

On her part, the Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Zainab Ahmed stated that a framework had been designed to monitor and ensure accountability in the disbursement and utilisation of the Basic Health Care Provision Fund by states.