…Uncovers no budget line for malaria in Kaduna.
by Achadu Gabriel, Kaduna
The Kaduna Maternal Accountability Mechanism, KADMAM, has said that Kaduna state government has no budget line for malaria, a disease known to be killing a lot of people state-wide.
This was confirmed during malaria budget tracking and step down training organized for KADMAM members in Kaduna state with support from UKAID and the support to the national malaria programme, SuNMaP2.
But the representative of ministry of health, Mrs. Ladiya Danka, however, stated that Kaduna has budget for procurement and had been relying on the war against malaria.
In an interview with newsmen, Mrs Danka also stated that, even though, there was no budget line, the state had been leverage on procurement for prevention, but stressed the need for special code for malaria activities in the state..
She observed that, while malaria is seen as a common disease, it is, however, killing a lot of people and deserves to be given due attention. “The state has a lot of interventions in health sector, but that of malaria should be special.”
Mrs Danka commended the workshop, adding that it was a sensitive and good one for the state because through it, KADMAM could go out and advocate for so many things that have been lacking in health, especially that of malaria.
Earlier, the facilitator and resource persons took the participants on the importance of the workshop in upgrading their skills and knowledge in the use of malaria resource and commodity strategy.
The workshop also discussed the feature of national strategy on health development plans, NSHDP and malaria annual operation plan, among others.
Participants were also taken on SuNMaP2 programme, national malaria elimination programme, NMEP, national malaria strategic plans, NMSP, and more.
They noted that the training would go a long way in helping Kaduna and three other states undergoing training.
Both KADMAM and state level advocacy, SLAM, conduct evidence-based advocacy to government to improve service. They also go to the community to hear from them and analyze budget made by government, among others.