FG releases $49m to Yobe, Osun under ‘save one million lives’ fund

FG releases $49m to Yobe, Osun under ‘save one million lives’ fund

- More money has been disbursed by the federal government under the Saving One Million Lives Programme for Result

- According to report, $49 million was disbursed to Yobe and Osun states under the programme

- Yobe state got $29 million (appox. N10.5 billion), while Osun state got $20 million (N7.3 billion)

- The programme is intended to finance healthcare, and was initiated by the World Bank and the federal government

The federal government has disbursed $49 million to Yobe, Osun, under the Saving One Million Lives Programme for Result (SOML-PforR).

According to Premium Times, being the highest performing state under SOML-PforR in 2018, Yobe state got $29 million (appox. N10.5 billion), while Osun state got $20 million (N7.3 billion).

Legit.ng gathers that SOML-PforR was conceived in 2012 but repackaged in 2015 following a $500 million credit from the World Bank.

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The programme, which is intended to finance healthcare, was initiated by the World Bank and the federal government.

Other states benefitting from the programme include Borno which got $13 million, FCT ($9 million), Kano ($8 million), Nasarawa ($7.5 million), Adamawa ($7 million), Niger ($6 million), Jigawa (N5.6 million).

Other states that benefitted include Ondo, Edo, Anambra, Bauchi, Ekiti, Benue, among others.

Speaking on the programme, the Osun state commisioner of health, Rafiu Isamotu: “The state wants a paradigm shift from what they had where a lot of development partners bring money into developing the health sector and results are not being seen.

“The more you spend positively, the more money you win. Basically because we have moved from where we were in 2016, that is what won us the money. We hope to do better and move first but if care is not taken there is a tendency of moving to zero. We hope we do not.

"We are also one of the six states to benefit from the initial rollout of the BHCPF, we are prepared for it. We already have our health Insurance scheme in place as well as the Primary Health Care Development Board."

Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that the federal government was seeking ways to improve efficiency in the operations of public hospitals and re-equip them to save foreign exchange drain arising from medical tourism.

The minister of state for health, Dr Osagie Ehanire, said that the federal Ministry of Health and its partners had developed an operational platform for ensuring that every citizen had access to affordable and comprehensive care in a timely manner.

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The minister said that the ministry and its agencies as well as partners were guided by a common vision and goal for Universal Health Coverage (UHC).

He said that efforts were currently on-going to kick-start the first phase of UHC in Abia, Osun, Katsina, Yobe, Edo and Federal Capital Territory.

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