(AGENDAWATCHDOG) – According to the Kaduna State Government, 226 Primary Healthcare Centres (PHCs) out of the 255 functional PHCs in the state have been upgraded.in each of the political wards of the state.
Dr Amina Baloni, the state Commissioner for Health, stated this in Kaduna, while providing updates on health status, budget performance, COVID-19 intervention and renovation of 255 PHCs in the state. She spoke at the Open Kaduna Health Quarterly Interactive Forum, organised by Kaduna State Maternal New-born and Child Accountability Mechanism (KADMAM).
The meeting was organised in collaboration with the state Ministry of Health and other Development Partners with the theme, “#Open Kaduna Health in the Midst of COVID-19 Pandemic”. According to reports, the state government began the renovation and upgrade of the 255 PHCs in 2017, to increase access to quality healthcare services. The commissioner said that so far, 226 have been fully completed, while 28 were at over 50 per cent completion and one below 50 per cent completion. She said that out of the 226 completed PHCs, 81 were in Zone 1, 71 in Zone 2, and 74 in Zone 3, while five of the uncompleted PHCs were in Zone 1, 10 in Zone 2 and 14 in Zone 3.
On budget performance, the commissioner said that N1.5 billion was released out of the N7.9 billion allocated for the ministry and its departments and agencies for capital expenditure in first and second quarter. She said the released fund was for the ministry, Primary Health Care Development Agency, state Contributory Health Management Authority, and the Health Supplies Management Agency. Others include the State College of Nursing and Midwifery and Shehu Idris College of Health Science and Technology. On COVID-19 intervention, Baloni said that the government approved N1.2 billion for the control of the disease while the World Bank donated N100 million.
According to her, other donations were received from philanthropists to combat COVID-19, in form of personal protective equipment, drugs, and consumables. Earlier, the Co-Chair of KADMAM, Mr Mustapha Jumare pointed out that low-cash backing of budget releases is undermining performance of the health sector in the state.
Jumare acknowledged a reasonable budgetary allocation to the health sector by the state government, in line with the Abuja Declaration of a minimum of 15 per cent budgetary allocation to the sector. He, however, pointed out that in spite the reasonable budgetary allocations, the health indices in the state had remained very disturbing. Jumare said that the interactive forum was organised with support from DFID-funded Partnership to Engage Reform and Learn (PERL), Lafiya-UK support for health in Nigeria Programme, and SuNMaP2 support to the National Malaria Programme.
Potential Impact: The upgrade of the health centres in Kaduna State will make more rooms available for patients, increase staff efficiency, reduce operational costs and give the centres newer, smarter looks.