DAILY FILE – The 255 primary healthcare centres in Kaduna State have come under serious scrutiny as healthcare experts, Civil Society Organizations on Tuesday blamed the State Government for inadequate funding of its primary healthcare services as well as understaffing.
Under the auspices of the partnership for advocacy in child and family at scale, PACFaH@Scale in collaboration with the Kaduna State University, the groups also tasked the state governor, Nasir El-Rufai, to prioritise the full implementation of primary healthcare under one roof.
The groups, who made the call during the 2019 international conference on contemporary issues in social research at the Kaduna State University on Tuesday, noted that adequate funding remained the surest way to the attainment of universal health coverage in the state.
The Project Director of IIGES – PACFaH@Scale project in Kaduna State, Mallam Mustapha Jumare, while presenting the findings of 255 Primary Healthcare Centres in the state, said the renovation of the 255 PHCs in the state, showed non-compliance to policy requirements for the attainment of universal health coverage for the people of the state.
According to him, the non release of timely budget allocation, inability of the state primary healthcare to include primary healthcare in one roof, have become challenge to healthcare delivery in the state.
He also raised the issues of under staffed in the 255 primary healthcare centres and the inability of the PHCs to operate a 24-hour-service as another bottleneck to adequate healthcare delivery in the state.
“Kaduna State Government in 2019 budget allocated the sum of N2,462,570,274(N2.6bn) for primary healthcare centres(PHCs) renovation/upgrading in the state, N15,985,600 for furnishing of three zonal cold stores at Zaria, Kaduna and Kafanchan and N550million as counterpart funding. From January till date the state government has not released any fund,” he said.
Explaining the poor funding of the State Primary Healthcare Board, Jumare said in the state budgeted N4.9bn as its total allocation for the board in 2019 budget but released N16,757,642, representing eight per cent(8%).
This, the Director said, was grossly inadequate to fund the activities of the state primary healthcare board.
In his response, the Executive Secretary of the State Primary Healthcare Agency, Mr. Hamza Abubakar, said the state was yet to receive its operational cost of the BHCPF from the National Primary Healthcare Development Agency despite payment of its counterpart fund to the federal government.
Abubakar assured that the governor el-Rufai’s administration was investing in the health sector and had prioritized funding the health sector in view of the significance of health to the socio economic development of the state.
“No nation develop without a healthy citizens that is why the state government is fulfilling all its commitment in the area of funding,” he said.
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