KADMAM, Kaduna Health Agencies to Harmonise Accountability Framework for Tracking BHCPF

By Uangbaoje Alex, Kaduna

Kaduna State Accountability Mechanism (KADMAM), and state health agencies on Friday commenced a process to harmonise an accountability framework for the Basic Health Care Provision Fund (BHCPF) for it domestication in Kaduna State.

The State Led Accountability Mechanism (SLAM) had developed a draft Accountability framework for BHCPF monitoring, supervision and reporting to ensure quality implementation of the scheme by the gateways.

The essence of the harmonization of the framework for the scheme is to enable citizens track and monitor the processes as indicated in the BHCPF guidelines.

The two days harmonization meeting holding in Zaria, was organized by the LAFIYA Programme, with the aim to review and agree on the indicators to track the BHCPF-SEMTC (State Emergency Management Committee) Gateway accountability framework.

Its also met to harmonize the agreed indicators for the three BHCPF gateways State Primary Health Care Board (SPHCB) Kaduna Contributory Health Management Agency (KADCHMA), SEMTC and CSOs.

And to develop a workplan for tracking and reporting the BHCPF accountability framework.

According to a facilitator at the meeting, Lawal Abubakar, the BHCPF is aimed at “ensuring the provision of a basic minimum package of health services to all Nigerians through the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) with 50% of BHCPF.

“Strengthening the Primary Health Care (PHC) system through the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) with 45% of BHCPF

“Providing Emergency Medical Treatment – with 5% of the BHCPF to be administered by the National Emergency Medical Treatment Committee (NEMTC).”

He said as part of the stakeholders responsibilities to the fund, Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), are at liberty to report their finding to the media especially in cases where the gateways refuses to make proper clarity.

“CSOs shall continue to play their role of promoting social
accountability as it relates to the implementation of the BHCPF. The CSO representative on the Ministerial Oversight Committee of the BHCPF shall document and periodically consult with NGOs and
CSO with specific interest in the programme implementation.

“Through specific pre-agreed engagement frameworks, CSOs shall notify the various Gateways, the Commissioner for Health of their concerns, observations and findings.

“CSOs may similarly make their finding and reports public after submitting same to the relevant Gateway and providing ample time for clarifications and response as stipulated in their engagement framework.” Lawal explained.

The State Co-chair of KADMAM, Alhaji Mustapha Jumare, earlier in his remarks said the meeting is another eye opener to the spot check just conducted by KADMAM, where issue that were identified would be confirmed before they would be presented to the state Health Commissioner.

“I strongly believe that what we would hear is going to tally with what we have seen in the field. Soon we are going to have “open health sector in Kaduna state” where we would invite over hundred people to come and hear about the health activities of the state with our report, so I believe this particular meeting is preparing us for the dialogue.” He said.

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