FEDERATION of Muslim Women’s Associations in Nigeria (FOMWAN) in collaboration with Partnership for Advocacy in Child and Family Health Project (PACFAH) Bauchi state chapter has enjoined the executive arm of government in the state to present 2017 budget to the State House of Assembly to enable timely take off of health activities in the state.
The leadership of the team, FOMWAN Bauchi state Amira Hajiya Yagana Mohammed who gave the advice when the body paid advocacy visit to the state Commissioner for Finance Alhaji Nuradeeen Muhammad, charged the commissioner to use his office to expedite action on the budget.
According to her, without adequate resources, it would be difficult to tackle most of the health related challenges facing the state, funds are therefore needed while prompt release of fund to Ministry of Health and other health related parastatals would help in addressing some of the challenges facing the sector as it relate to women and children.
“We are appealing for prompt release of fund to the ministries and parastatals concerned for the execution of MNCH activities to improve the health of women and children in the state.” Yagana said
She also appealed to the Commissioner of Finance to join the state advocacy team while paying advocacy to the governor to solicit his continued support for the sustainability and improvement of health for women and children in the state.
She said the advocacy team was working on 4 strategic areas in child and family health in Nigeria, routine immunisation, family planning, amoxicillin as first line of treatment for pneumonia and ORS zinc for childhood diarrheal diseases and nutrition with the support of PACFaH.
Also Speaking the Program Manager Community Health Resource Initiative (CHRI) Bauchi Ibrahim Ladan appealed for the release of 25% counterpart fund for the Routine Immunization adding that the state have already paid it’s 75% remain 25% and the year remain only 2 months and also plea for the sustenance and implementation of budgets.
In his response the state Commissioner for Finance Nasirudden Muhammad who said the state government is committed to the improvement of heath sector, pledged that the administration will support activities of the advocacy team .