Abuja Declaration Not Sufficient Enough to Sustain Health Sector – KADMAM
……Presents Quarterly Scorecard for Kaduna
By Uangbaoje Alex, Kaduna
Kaduna State Maternal New-born and Child Accountability Mechanism (KADMAM), has said 15% Abuja declaration for Health sector budget allocation is not sufficient enough to sustain the healthcare demands of citizens.
According the Co-Chair of KADMAM, Mr Mustapha Jumare, during the opening of Open Kaduna Health Quarterly Interactive Forum, with the theme: “#Open Kaduna Health in the Midst of COVID-19 Pandemic”, a declaration without matching order for cash backing of budget releases, impedes performance of the health sector in Kaduna state.
Jumare, said though there had been increase in budgetary allocation in the state, but that he noted that has not impacted on the health indices in the state.
The meeting was organised in collaboration with the State Ministry of Health and other Development Partners.
In his presentation of the the organization’s scorecard of the state, Chairman, Evidence Sub-Committee, KADMAM, Mr Abdulrahaman Mikail, pointed out that the state had in the past three years allocated more than 15 per cent of its annual budget to the health sector.
Makail said that the government had allocated 16.01 per cent of its 2018 budget to the health sector; allocated 15.02 per cent in 2019 and 15.36 per cent in 2020.
He urged the government to ensure timely release and cash backing of the 2020 revised budget allocated to the health sector, to effectively respond to COVID-19 public health emergencies.
“We equally urged the government to fast tract ongoing recruitment in the health sector to bridge the manpower gap, as well as the rehabilitation of 255 primary healthcare centres.
“The ministry should also provide updates on COVID-19 income and expenditure as social accountability in line with the principle of Open Government Partnership.
“Budgetary allocation for malaria programming at state and Local Government levels should also be increased to prevent children under five years from preventable deaths,” he said.
Earlier, Mr Christopher Musa, State Team Lead, SunMap2 Project, managed by Malaria Consortium, pointed out that cases of fever and malaria have continued to rise in the state.
Musa said that 1.12 million cases of fever were recorded in the state between January and June.
He added that a total of 552 per 1000 outpatient cases of malaria had also been recorded between January and June, more than the 512 recorded in 2019.
“Considering that we are just in mid-2020, this is so far the worst record in the state.
“The risk of malaria is consistently over 55 per cent higher in children, and continues to increase, with 99 per cent mortality among children under five years related to malaria.
Responding, the Commissioner of Health, Dr Amina Baloni, said that the state government was doing all that it can to improve access to quality health services in the state.
Baloni said that a huge number of children under five years have been fully immunised, adding that plans were on track to ensure availability of vaccines.
She noted that children under five years were not receiving long lasting insecticide nets due to stock out but added that malaria treatment and prevention was a priority area of the government.