The permanent secretary, Federal Ministry of Health (FOMH), Mr. Abdulaziz Mashi, has said that the federal government invests over $180 million annually to support healthcare across the country.
Mashi disclosed this during the national workshop on Training of Trainers (ToT), with theme: ‘Value for Money and Operational Planning’ organised by the World Health Organization (WHO), yesterday in Abuja.
He said the federal government is currently investing additional domestic resources amounting to over $180 million annually in addition to her annual budgetary allocation to health.
Mashi who was represented by the Director, Department of Health Planning, Research & Statistics, FMOH, Emmanuel Meribole, said, “The aim of the workshop which is to support the roll-out of VFM implementation in the African Region is very apt particularly coming at a time when there is renewed global and national attention towards improving health outcomes and achieving Universal Health Coverage.
“Value for money in the health sector is about maximising the impact of resources spent to improve people’s lives. It is also about prioritising our interventions in the health sector and deriving maximum benefit from the scarce funds we have. It is all about efficiency and effectiveness,” he said.
He noted that Nigeria is currently implementing a number of Health Financing Reforms that will help to redefine and shape the trajectory of our UHC aspirations and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).