From Mika’il Tsoho, Dutse
As part of its efforts to control the spread of pneumonia in Jigawa state, Save the Children International funded by GSK, launched the public dissemination of National integrated pneumonia control strategy in the state.
Speaking at the launching of the documents, the Chief of Party INSPRING project Dr Adamu Isah said, “Save the Children International, through the INSPIRING project funded by GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), is pleased to be part of this progress and accelerated efforts towards ending preventable child deaths due to pneumonia”.
He explained that, in line with the National Integrated Pneumonia Control Strategy, the project is implementing sustainable approaches in Jigawa and Lagos states that can be scaled at health facility and community levels.
The Chief of Party also said, the strategy, therefore, seeks to strengthen the enabling environment (policy and financing, data and information systems, coordination and partnerships), demand-side (community prevention and care-seeking) and supply-side (service delivery, supply and distribution) aspects of pneumonia control.
“Save the Children is confident that Jigawa state will take the lead among all other states in Nigeria towards adoption, prioritization and implementation of the integrated pneumonia control strategy and implementation plan as part of its aim towards ending preventable child deaths” he said.
He then calls on the Jigawa state government to speed up the process of implementing the Basic Healthcare Provision Fund (BHCPF) and ensure equitable access to healthcare, especially for children and families at the local levels to reduce, if not eliminate out-of-pocket expenditures.