The Kaduna Maternal Accountability Mechanism, KADMAM has called on Kaduna State goverment to prioritise the health sector by providing cash backings to pledges made on health related issues.
KADMAM is a Civil Society Organization that does advocacy to all necessary stakeholders on health matters and also work around budget on health in Kaduna.
Speaking to newsmen in Kaduna at a meeting organised by Lafiya DFID, KADMAM Coach, Malam Mustapha Jumare said government makes many releases which are most times faced with the problem of cash backings.
“For instance in this year from January to the month of June, only 19% is being allocated to health budget, though it has been cash backed, but this is a big challenge,” he stressed.
The Coach also called on other CSOs to participate in meetings and advocacies so that government could make more commitments on health matters.
Malam Jumare said, the meeting was meant to focus on how to integrate other areas into their existing activities.
He mentioned that, the Lafiya DFID program was seeking their support to integrate and make more advocacies around nutrition, education, water sanitation and hygiene, employment and human development.
“The Lafiya DFID wants to support Kaduna state by working with the CSO in the areas of advocacy. Before now, we only work on health matters but this time, they want us to capture other areas, hence, the need to work with other CSOs involved in those areas,”he stated.
Malam Jumare commended the State government for its initiative to talk about accountability, transparency and on issues surrounding budget allocations.
“Kaduna is an accountable State because it has joined in the open government partnership and the concept is to talk about accountability and transparency”.
Also, the State Team Leader for Lafiya, Doctor Sikiratu Kailani Amadu said the Lafiya program which is still at the inception stage is supported by UKAID, Department For International Development DFID.
“We started in February and we are still at the inception stage. During inception, you want to know the base line of your intervention, hence, liaised with KADMAM,” she said.
She explained that they chose to work with KADMAM due to its impact as a civil society organisation to get government to prioritise health by increasing the allocation and releases of budget to ensure that all health indices improve.
Doctor Sikiratu said working with civil society organisations would make government more committed in prioritising health in Kaduna State.
She adds that KADMAM is a vibrant group and it is believed that with them being involved, the goal of getting the government to be more accountable and to prioritize health is achievable.
Source: Voice of Nigeria