Bauchi Govt Urged To Improve Health Care Delivery, Accessible To All Citizens
By Amina Abdullahi Girbo
The Bauchi State Government has been called up on to improve the standard of her care system for more effectiveness and efficiency of public health services,and for the betterment of attaining the guidelines of universal health coverage.
Bauchi state Accountability mechanism for maternal and child health, with technical support from USAID which funded integrated health care programs made the called in Bauchi during their quarterly meeting with the relevant key players across the state.
The primary purposes of the meeting was to called on the government of the state to put more resources in order to reduce the financial barriers to health sector and make it affordable and sustainable for the poor and vulnerable in the best interest of the citizens.
However, equally during the meeting,the key players in state health sectors have called on the Primary Health Care Development Agency in the state to put more focus and emphasis in ensuring total eradication of communicable and non communicable diseases.
In another development,the co-chair of the program Mr Abu Yusuf noted that” in continuation of their quest for an improved and greater health services for all across the divides” and they’ll also continue to call on the both international and domestic key players to put head together in improving the standard of health services in Nigeria.
And he has also said that Bauchi governor under the able leadership of Governor Bala Mohammad,should give lion shares to health services in his budgetary provision with the view of addressing societal lingering health problems in the state.
On his part, a health financial specialist, pharmacist Kalid Kasimu, who did mention that state government spending on health sector is inadequate and critically observed that Bauchi state has an increasing population with over 70 percent living below poverty lines.
He also mentioned that research from the financial risk protection data indicates that less 5 percent of the state population has financial risk protection, which implies that health expenditure is majorly through house hold out of pocket expenses, the statement added.