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Committed to effective and workable health care delivery system in Kano state, governor Dr Abdullahi Umar Ganduje signs an agreement with the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (DFID), to, purposely help in strengthening institutional synergy in support of the state investments in the health care delivery system.
The signing of the agreement took place at the Office Chamber, Governor’s office, Kano, between the state government, through governor Ganduje and UK government, through the Head UK-DFID, Nigeria, Miss Debbie Palmer, Monday.
As the Maternal, Newborn and Child Health Programme (MNCH2), is rounding off next year, 2019, concerns have emerged over the continuation and sustainability of the programme. Which eventually resulted into the emergence of the Transition and Sustainability Plans to further consolidate all gains fruited.
The agreement gives concern to enhancing and safeguarding gains attached to the Primary Health Care System, especially for “delivery of care for women, newborns and children in Kano state.”
“In order to reduce household financial hardship, the Kano State Government will continue to sustain the provision of free MNCH medicines and supplies at health facilities that are currently supported by both DFID and Kano state Government,” clearly stated in the agreement.
While concerning about women, children, newborns and marginalised communities, the letter of agreement aims at ensuring effective partnership and “high-level commitment to the long-term goal to save and improve the lives of Kano state citizens for generations to come.”
To further maintain the process through its originality, the document puts it clearly that, “This letter of arrangement does not replace, but builds on the existing partnership between the Kano State Government and the Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland acting through the Department for International Development (“DFID”).”
UK government appreciates that, as Kano state government launched the state Development Plan II in 2016, that was aimed at achieving sustainable growth in many sectors,” MNCH2 is aligned with this plan and supports Kano State Government’s priorities and commitment to strengthen its health sector,” says the letter of agreement.”
Fundamental priority areas of the Transition and Sustainability Plans are identified as, to “capture and summarize the critical gains made by MNCH2 programme and its immediate predecessor,
agree priorities for action to ensure durable impact for women and children in Northern Nigeria, build consensus among programme partners and key stakeholders and agree with DFID on the most optimal use of programme,” amongst others.
The letter further acknowledges that “DFID applauds the progress made by the Kano State Government to increase its domestic funding for health in order to ensure Universal Health Coverage for its citizens.
Kano State Government has enacted laws to establish the Kano State Contributory Healthcare Scheme and the Kano State Health Trust Fund (KHETFUND) to ensure sustainable healthcare. DFID, through MNCH2, will support the implementation of these laudable initiatives.”
“DFID congratulates the Kano State Government on achieving 13% allocation of the State budget to the health sector. The Kano State Government will ensure increased and consistent appropriations and release of funds towards achieving at least 15% allocation and of its budget to the health sector,” appreciates the agreement.
As UK government acknowledges and appreciates the continued and unrelenting efforts and commitments of the state Commissioner for Health, Dr Kabiru Ibrahim Getso, in all the DFID health-related engagements, the state Commissioner for Budget and Economic Planning, Hajiya Aisha Ja’afar’s commitment is also appreciated.