Governor Nasir Ahmad El Rufai’ of kaduna state North West Nigeria has been commended for his efforts in reducing maternal and child mortality rate in the state.
The Communication Officer, of Family Health Advocates in Nigeria Initiative (FHANI) Hajiya Hauwa Saulawa made the assertion during a 2-day step-down training on child spacing budget monitoring, analysis and scorecard system for stakeholders organised by Nigerian Urban Reproductive Health Initiative (NURHI2) in kaduna ..
She added that State government was the first state in Nigeria to earmarked N100 million for child spacing, which has gone a long way in checking mortality rate in the state.
Also Speaking the state Coordinator Repductive Health/Family Planning Hajiya Nafisa Isa Musa said the state government is proposing N165 million in 2019 to reduce the problem.
“There has been concerted efforts by Kaduna State government under Governor Nasir El-Rufai vis-à-vis other development partners like NURHI and United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) to transform the health sector in the state as evident in ongoing renovation of 255 primary healthcare centres across the state, recruitment of 800 additional frontline health workers and digital medical supply geared towards improved healthcare delivery for the people resident in the state.” She Said
Earlier in his address, Team Leader of NURHI in Kaduna State, Dr. Kabir Abdullahi, said the campaign against maternal and child mortality cannot be successful with only the provision of a budget line for consumables alone, but requires other budgets for training and information dissemination.
He said there is need for budgetline for service delivery and monitoring to ensure success of the campaign.
“The drugs cannot be prescribed for themselves or delivered by themselves. You need skilled personnel to do that.
“We are lacking in skills and services, and we are also lacking in information dissemination.
” For consumables we have resources, drugs come from the Federal Government. If you have logistics funding, you will be able to monitor well and draw more resources.
“But if your record is poor, you can’t get more, you will only get less,” he said.
Abdullahi lamented that only one third of health facilities are provided with child spacing facilities in Kaduna State.
“There is need to have a budgetline for logistics, training and other essential in the SPCHDA, to help in making child spacing successful.
“Health is a specialized field, if you don’t follow up on your funding, someone else would utilize it,” he said
Abdullahi called on more women especially those that just attaining reductive age and those at grassroots to make demand for child spacing services at approved public health facilities around them.
According to Dr. Abdullahi, once a budget is clear enough, the next line is to track whether the implementing indices are there or not in order to hold government accountable base on its plans for its citizens.
“We need more women to access child spacing service. We have the commodities and consumables at public facilities that render the serve free of charge
“The most important thing for us at NURHI is to understand better the budget and how it can help improve our budgeting processes as well as tracking better the elements that will help us to do that”, he added.