The knowledge is meant to assist in monitoring public well being funding and expenditure to allow authorities make knowledgeable choices.
The final time Cameroon printed its well being accounts – the report on the sources of public well being funding, who spent it and the aim – was manner again in 2013. This was for the yr 2012. In the meantime, the nationwide well being accounts for 2011 confirmed that Cameroon spent over 503 billion FCFA. For the yr 2020, the determine has climbed to over 700 billion FCFA, officers disclosed in Yaounde on Wednesday, April 28, 2021 on the launch of Nationwide Well being Accounts.
Flagging off the exercise, the Minister of Public Well being, Dr Malachie Manaouda, stated as demand for healthcare companies grows, the necessity to frequently replace nationwide well being accounts turns into pressing. He stated nationwide well being accounts present much-needed info on public well being financing, which the federal government considers as a serious precedence.
Dr Phanuel Habimana, the World Well being Organisation, WHO Resident Consultant for Cameroon, talking on behalf of economic and technical companions of the challenge, described well being accounts as “the common manufacturing and use of well being knowledge by decision-mares.” He stated the publication has prior to now helped authorities to hold out brave reforms just like the establishing of the common well being protection scheme.
In line with Dr Habimana, well being accounts supply a wonderful alternative to observe well being bills. However he rapidly added that such info will solely make sense if utilised by decision-makers. “Well being accounts have turn into much more vital right this moment due to the Coronavirus pandemic and the resultant hike in public well being expenditure,” Dr Habimana famous.
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Officers clarify that well being accounts should not about auditing well being establishments. Moderately, they solely monitor the supply and quantity of funding obtained, who used it and the aim. The renewed assortment and publication of nationwide accounts, it was additionally defined, is a part of well being sector reforms.