From Ibrahim Sidi Muh’d, Gusau
Zamfara state government has announced over N30million in the 2014 budget to complement community management of acute malnutrition under the state, Save the Children and UNICEF programme.
This was made known by the Secretary to the State Government, Alhaji Tijjani Yahaya Kaura, when officials of Maternal New born and Child Health [MNCH] advocacy coalition paid him a courtesy call in his office.
The SSG said that, the administration of Governor Abdulaziz Yari is committed to ensure that funds allocated for nutrition activities were accessed and judiciously use within the fiscal year.
‘I don’t know why in 2013 budget, no single naira was accessed from the N20million budgeted for nutrition? But, I want assure you that, I would do every possible at best of my ability to see if not 100%, by God grace 80% of the funds allocated in the year 2014 will be accessed.
“ I want also assure your coalition that we are going to study the draft policy you have presented on Human Resource for Health and make necessary consultation before presenting it to the state executive council for adoption”, the SSG assured.
Earlier, the state MNCH coalition coordinator, Alhaji Ibrahim Tudu, said the coalition is an advocacy forum initiated to fast-track the commitment of the state government towards improving the health service delivery across the state.
According to him, the coalition work closely with a non-governmental organisations in the state ‘Save the Children’, media and other stakeholders to develop and consolidate strategies that support the government of Zamfara state to address problems of malnutrition, Immunization and Human Resources for Health.