Kaduna Sets Special Budgetline For Children

 By Alex Uangbaoje, Kaduna 

The Kaduna State government said it has set a special budgetline targeting intervention for children under five to tackle pneumonia, diarrhoea‎ and other diseases.

Commissioner for Health, Dr. Paul Dogo noted that this is the first time in the history of the state where a singular budget line that targets children was created.

He said in the past, both maternal and child were lumped together in Free Medical Service (FMS) budget, but according to him has changed. 

Dr. Dogo disclosed this when he received, Partnership for Advocacy in Child and Family Health, (PACFaH), Kaduna State Coalition on an advocacy visit to his office.

The Commissioner added that the maternal and child which were lumped together in the FMS budget in the past, has now disaggregated and there is a budget where there’s money specifically for the child and then another targeting the mother.  

This according to him, is to ensure that the Ministry does not short change one group, saying that the major aspect of the budget will be on Pneumonia and Diarrhoea.

He stated that Kaduna State Government has set up an Inter-ministerial Committee to track expenditure of the state on the child; adding that the committee is headed by the Deputy Governor, Arch. Barnabas Bala Bantex and the relevant ministries are also members.

Dr. Dogo, stressed that, the Inter-ministerial Committee will look at what government is investing on the child and then ensures that releases are done and the significant expenditure on the child, whether on nutrition, infectious diseases, schooling and so on.  So the State is now looking at it broadly and the Committee ensures the Ministry actually do justice to children in the State.

“The committee looks at what government is investing on the child and then ensures that releases are done and the significant expenditure on the child, whether on nutrition, infectious diseases, schooling and so on.  So the State is now looking at it broadly.  

“So there’s Inter-ministerial Committee that ensures the Ministry actually do justice to children in the State.

“More or less, I can say that your prayer has been answered.  There’s a budget line targeting interventions in children and the major aspect of it will be on; Pneumonia and Diarrhoea,” he said.

In her remarks, Chairman of Kaduna Coalition of PSN-PACFaH, Pharm. Aisha Tukur Ishaku, commended Kaduna State for making Amoxicillin dispersible tablet and Zinc-Low Osmolarity Oral Rehydration Salt (Zinc-Low-OR) co-pack available at the Store.  She however, expressed dismay that Primary Healthcare Centres seems not to be patronizing it.

“We believe maybe that is why we should call on Directors here seated to educate the prescribers either the hospitals and the PHCs so that they should know that common Amoxicilin is able to cure Pneumonia and they don’t have to burden patients of buying other expensive antibiotics,” she said.

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