A nongovernmental organization, MamaYe – evidence for action, has launched the Fund Naija Health project in Gombe aimed at getting policy makers and duty bearers to make required resources available as a matter of course.
MamaYe launches Fund Naija Health project in Gombe
Unveiling the Fund Naija Health campaign logo at Custodian Hotel Gombe, the media advisor of Mamaye in Nigeria, Mr. Laide Shokumbi, said the launch followed poor availability of interventions to the health sector as agreed by the African Union and espoused in the Abuja declaration of the year 2000.
According to him, “worse, and more often than not, what is budgeted is not at all released or in time”.
He said the main mandate of the programme is to see to the improvement of quality health services for reproductive, maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health and nutrition (RMNCAH+N) in the State. Same programme is also expected to be run in Lagos and Bauchi States.
In his words, ” #FundNaijaHealth is about getting policy makers and duty bearers to make the required resources available as a matter of course, because resources are central to achieving the overall objective of improving RMNCAH+N”.
He said MamaYe – evidence for action Nigeria, seeks to achieve two critical objectives during this campaign in the areas of increased budgetary allocation to health but particularly RMNCAH+N and timely release of budgeted funds.
Speaking earlier, the Acting Secretary to the Gombe State Government, Mr. James Pisagih, who was represented by Alhaji Usman Shamaki Mohammed, commended the efforts of MamaYe in the State which has always been aimed at helping the State Government to improve in its health sector particularly in maternal and newborn child health.
The State commissioner of Health, Dr. Kennedy Ishaya, who was also represented by Mr. Hassan Ibrahim, Director of Diagnosis in the ministry said the State had experienced a reduction of maternal mortality cases since the intervention of MamaYe programme in the State.