By Tobias Lengnan Dapam
MamaYe Evidence 4 Action has called for accountability and transparency in health sector funding to cater for the needs of women and girls.
The Organisation made the call recently in Abuja, while marking its 2019 celebration.
Speaking at the programme themed; “Importance of Accountability in Health Care Service Delivery”, MamaYe Country Director, Dr. Tunde Segun expressed worry over the poor accountability system in the health sector.
He said there is need to step up accountability mechanism to cater for women and girls who need better health care service.
“We need to strengthen accountability mechanism in Nigeria. It is not only the NGO, the media and the community that should be part. The media should also get the right information and at the right time so that they will publish to alert that a particular service is needed in a particular place. Every hand must be on deck to ensure that the Nigeria health sector in 2019 and beyond is successful and delivering universal health coverage and ensuring accountability and accessibility to effectively deliver on our mandate.”
While speaking on the need to increase funding for health sector to address various challenges, the Country Director also said there is need to support the openness of the system to ensure transparency.
“The need o track health budget is to ensure the money is judiciously put to use by the appropriate authorities. It is also necessary to support the communities, CSO’s and the media to ask questions so that the government can respond and provide service to them. At times what you see in the approved budget is not what comes to the health sector. Without tracking we won’t know how much was released to the government. So, accountability and transparency is necessary to know if the money was judiciously used for what it was meant for.”
Also speaking, the Chairman of the occasion, Dr. Gafar Alawode said the call for accountability is necessary in the system to support many people in need of health care.
He noted that thousands of women and children die on daily basis because the the poor accountability system kept the money in few pockets.
“All of us must participate and hold people to account. We must take charge and ensure that the health system works for the better.