From,:Femi Oyelola Kaduna
A lecturer in the Department of Sociology, Kaduna State University, DrJames Akpokos has charged the Kaduna State Government to invest more in the health sector as panacea to the on-going socio-economic challenges facing the state.
He stated this during 2019 International Conference on Contemporary Issues in Social Science Research held in Kaduna yesterday.
According to him, adequate funding of the health sector, in the state will be in the best position to deliver the deliver dividends of democracy.
Speaking on the conference with Theme : Health Care, Services Delivery and Quality of and Accessment of the 255 PHC in the state , Project Director of Partnership in Child and Family Health Scale (pacfah@Scale) Project Nigeria Malam Mustapha Jumare expressed dismay over the poor health service delivery in the state.
“The ongoing renovation of the 255 primary healthcare centres in the state and the review of the 2019 health budget showed significant noncompliance to policy requirements needed for, to catapult the attainment of universal health coverage for citizens in the state.”
“Non release of timely budget allocation and inability of the state primary healthcare board to include primary health care under one roof implementation in the state and sub state under the state primary health care board has also been highlighted as a serious challenge to healthcare delivery in the state.
“Kaduna State in its 2019 budget allocated the sum of N2, 462, 570, 274 for primary healthcare centres renovation and construction in the state with N15, 985, 600 was allocated to furnishing of three zonal cold stores at Zaria, Kaduna and Kafanchan and the sum of N550,000,000 as counterpart funding, but from January till date, the state government has not released any of fund mentioned.”
A professor of Community Medicine at the Kaduna State University, Dr Namban Omole, challenged academics to provide solutions to the various challenges facing the health sector, addicting that research ¡s the backbone of nation& development worldwide.
In his response, The Executive Secretary of the state primary Healthcare agency, Mr Hamza Abubakar, said state ¡s yet to receive its operational cost of the BHCPF from the NPHCDA despite payment of it counterpart fund of hundred million to the Federal government.
Abubakar who was represented assured that the state government is investing in the health sector and has prioritized funding the sector in view of the significance of health to the socio economic development of the state.