LISDEL Calls For Validation Of BHCPF Accountability Framework To Improve Spending Efficiency

by Oluwamuyiwa Oyedele

The Legislative Initiative for Sustainable Development (LISDEL) has recommended the finalization and validation of the Lagos State Basic Healthcare Provision Fund (BHCPF) Accountability Framework with the aim of improving the efficiency of spending of the fund.

The recommendation was made by Deborah Olanrewaju, the Lagos State Coordinator of LISDEL, during a one-day Orientation Program for the Lagos State Ministry of Health BHCPF State Oversight Committee (SOC) and State Emergency Medical Treatment Committee (SEMTC) on the Operationalization of the BHCPF.

Olanrewaju stressed that the Accountability Framework will help to “assess the effectiveness of the BHCPF to ensure that the fund is yielding desired results and also promote citizens’ participation in the BHCPF implementation.”

She thereafter recommended that an implementation plan for the Framework and tracking tools should be developed while the SOCs also facilitate the tracking and iterate evidence and learnings to strengthen BHCPF implementation in the State, where necessary, conduct advocacies based on evidence.

Earlier, the Lagos State Commissioner for Health, Prof. Akin Abayomi commended LISDEL for their work on BHCPF which according to him would help to enhance access to health for everyone in the state and provide quality health services, especially to the poor and vulnerable.

Prof Abayomi said, “we want to thank LISDEL for what they are doing on BHCPF in which they brought the Secretary of the MINISTERIAL Oversight Committee on BHCPF to Lagos for our 1st SOC/ SEMTC meeting which gave birth to these subsequent meetings of NHIA & the Health Financing Unit.”

The workshop, organized by LISDEL and Save the Children, had in attendance high-level health sector stakeholders including the Honourable Commissioner of Health, Permanent Secretaries (MOH and PHCB), Directors (DRPS and FHN), Implementing/Development partners, representatives of the civil society organizations (CSOs).

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