CSOs Express Readiness to Monitor, Track Basic Healthcare Fund in Kaduna

By Uangbaoje Alex, Kaduna

Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), in Kaduna working in the health sector under the umbrella of Kaduna State Accountability Mechanism (KADMAM), have expressed readiness to adequately monitor and track the implementation of the Basis Health Care Provision Fund (BHCPF), in the state.

Alhaji Mustapha Jumare, who is the State Co-chair of KADMAM, disclosed this at the weekend in Zaria, at the end of a two-day meeting to harmonize the draft Accountability Framework for the implementation of the BHCPF organized by the LAFIYA Programme and supported by the Partnership to Engage, Reform and Learn (PERL).

The CSOs, and the three government health agencies known as the gateways saddled with the responsibility of implementing the fund met to harmonise the accountability framework developed by the State Led Accountability Mechanism (SLAM), before it full domestication.

The framework for BHCPF implementation, among other things created a meeting platform for government and citizens to monitor, supervise, track and report activities of the gateways so as to ensure quality implementation of the scheme as indicated in the BHCPF guidelines.

The stakeholders at the meeting also agreed on indicators for monitoring and tracking activities of three gateways, State Primary Health Care Board (SPHCB) Kaduna Contributory Health Management Agency (KADCHMA), State Emergency Treatment Centre (SEMTC) as well as the health care centres.

An agreement was also reached for reward and sanction for both performing and defaulting officials throughout the BHCPF implementation process.

According to Mallam Jumare, though the Framework placed a lot of responsibilities on the shoulders of CSOs, but as an accountability mechanism, KADMAM is going to participate in all the gateways in monitoring their activities.

“We are going to participate in all the activities of the three gateways in trying to monitor what is being implemented and we also want to see the level of financing being effectively used for the benefit of the citizens of Kaduna State.

“It means we want to establish accountability with the state government to ensure that all the MDAs (Ministries, Departments and Agencies) are open, transparent in whatever they do. That is why we say reward and punishment will go along the implementation of this framework.

“It meant that we should be opened and transparent so the citizens of Kaduna would go along in other that the funds that are being released to the Kaduna State government are effectively utilized and very efficiently too”.

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