From Mustapha Adamu Kano
Kano state Government and Department For International Development (DFID) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to strengthen Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (MNCH2) programme.
This was contained in a statement signed by the Abba Anwar, the Chief Press Secretary to the state governor, Dr Abdullahi Umar Ganduje and made available to newsmen, yesterday.
He said the signing of the agreement took place between governor Ganduje and the Head of the DFID in Nigeria, Miss Debbie Palmer, at the Government House, yesterday.
He said, as the MNCH2 was rounding off next year, concerns have emerged over the continuation and sustainability of the programme, adding that eventually resulted into the emergence of the transition and sustainability plans to further consolidate all gains fruited.
He added that the agreement gives concern to enhancing and safeguarding gains attached to the Primary Health Care System, especially for “delivery of care for women, newborns and children in Kano State.”
“In order to reduce household financial hardship, the Kano State Government will continue to sustain the provision of free MNCH medicines and supplies at health facilities that are currently supported by both DFID and Kano state Government,” clearly stated in the agreement.
“While concerning about women, children, newborns and marginalised communities, the letter of agreement aims at ensuring effective partnership and “high-level commitment to the long-term goal to save and improve the lives of Kano state citizens for generations to come.
“To further maintain the process through its originality, the document puts it clearly that, “This letter of arrangement does not replace, but builds on the existing partnership between the Kano State Government and the Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland acting through the Department for International Development (“DFID”), “ he said.
On her part, Palmer congratulated the Kano State Government for achieving 13% allocation of the State budget to the health sector, adding that the Kano State Government will ensure increased and consistent appropriations and release of funds towards achieving at least 15% allocation and of its budget to the health sector,” appreciates the agreement.