by Achadu Gabriel, Kaduna
The Kaduna State Accountability Maternal New-born and Child Accountability Mechanism (KADMAM), with support from Legislative Initiative for Sustainable Development (LISDEL) has conducted the first-phase of activities to operationalize the State’s Basic Health Care Provision Fund (BHCPF) and ensure Accountability Framework by implementing some of the advocacy activities identified in the developed work plan.
BHCPF, as an important provision of the National Health Act (2014), is an innovative financing mechanism established by the Act to improve delivery and access to primary health care in Nigeria.
This was necessary considering various funding constraints to appropriately finance primary health care in the country, leading to suboptimal health outcomes and indices.
Speaking at a one-day advocacy engagements with the Kaduna State Ministry of Health and other partners in the state, Co-Chairman (CSO) of KADMAM, Mallam Mustapha Jumare, outlined the importance of establishing and operationalizing effective accountability mechanisms, structures and tools to track implementation of the BHCPF in the state.
According to Jumare, the activities would ensure the full implementation of the BHCPF, as well as transparency and efficient management of the fund.
In her opening remarks, Commissioner of Health, Kaduna State, Amina Mohammed Baloni, explained that, health being the business of all, needs more voices and contributions from various stakeholders to achieve the said objective.
She hinted that, Primary Healthcare, being the tier of health that 80% of the population accesses should, therefore, be effectively improved for the betterment of citizens of the state.
She called on CSOs and the media to improve understanding of Nigerian health system towards optimization of Primary Healthcare Service delivery and health advocacy in Kaduna State.
Meanwhile, Kaduna State Coordinator, LISDEL, Dr. Umar Faruk Abubakar, said the specific objective of the activity is to conduct advocacy outreaches to key stakeholders and actors in the State to track some of the indicators as provided in the Kaduna State BHCPF Accountability.