Kaduna State Government Signs Memorandum of Understanding to Improve Primary Health Care Services.
Zainab Tanimu —-Kaduna
The Kaduna state Government said it is working with other agencies and partners to ensure improvement of health indices in the state.
The Chairman House Committee on Health, Dr. Isaac Zanchai disclosed this during the first progressive review meeting of the memorandum of understanding between Kaduna government and international development, Bill and Melinda Gate Foundations on strengthening the primary health care system in the state.
Zanchai said the administration has noted with great concern the poor health indices in the state as such made health care its priority.
According to him, diagnosis was carried out to reveal the drivers of poor health outcome in the state.
“The results illustrated that Kaduna state health system is characterized by low coverage with basic health interventions, poor quality of care and inadequate governance. ”
On her part, the Executive Secretary Kaduna State Primary Health Care Development Agency Dr. Saudatu Balarabe said this necessitated the signing of the memorandum of understanding to address issues of supply of PHC service such as that of,
“Limited PHC facilities, readiness to deliver basic health service due to poor infrastructure, lack of equipment, basic amenities and limited scope of service s”
Adding that the MOU would also address the constraints associated with limited availability of essential health commodities due to lack of coordination.
The purpose of the MOU she said was to support government’s efforts in strengthening primary health care system.
“And also to improve service delivery as well as reduce financial barriers and access for pregnant women and children. With the objectives of increasing and sustaining equitable coverage of essential health service and accelerating reduction in maternal and child mortality”