In­ad­e­quate fund­ing ham­per­ing pri­mary health­care cen­tres in Bauchi

Daily Trust - - HEALTH - From Balarabe Alka­s­sim, Bauchi

Civil So­ci­ety Or­gan­i­sa­tions and the me­dia have iden­ti­fied in­ad­e­quate fund­ing of Pri­mary Health­care Cen­tres in Bauchi State as the ma­jor im­ped­i­ment to their op­er­a­tions.

The CSOs un­der the aus­pices of Bauchi State Ac­count­abil­ity Mech­a­nism (BASAM), a Bauchi State Net­work for Civil So­ci­ety Or­gan­i­sa­tions, BASNEC dis­closed this at an ad­vo­cacy and pol­icy in­flu­enc­ing train­ing for CSOs and the me­dia, re­cently.

The par­tic­i­pants for the train­ing were drawn from Bauchi, Gombe and Katsina states and or­gan­ised by a non-govern­men­tal or­gan­i­sa­tion, Ma­maye. The or­gan­i­sa­tions said in­ad­e­quate fund­ing of PHC fa­cil­i­ties af­fected their op­er­a­tions to de­liver ser­vices.

Speak­ing on be­half of the CSOs, Mr Ezekiel Suku­mum com­mended the Bauchi State for pri­ori­tis­ing the health sec­tor. He how­ever called for ad­e­quate fund­ing of PHCs.

Also speak­ing, a jour­nal­ist with the Bauchi State Tele­vi­sion, El­iz­a­beth Kah said that more needs to be done in the area of timely re­lease of funds for the pro­vi­sion of func­tional PHCs in the state.

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