The Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Center (CISLAC) has commended the efforts of the Kaduna State government on the improvements of health care service in Kaduna State. The CISLAC made a communiqué available to newsmen on Sunday after a one day Executive, Legislative, CSOs and Media Dialogue on Maternal Healthcare delivery in Kaduna State.
The communication officer for CISLAC, Mr. Jimoh Abubakar mentioned in the statement that the Kaduna State government had already upgraded 77 out of 225 primary health care centers across Kaduna. Other methods to improve the public health of Kaduna have also been commended by the CISLAC communiqué. The Kaduna state government were also encouraged to fast track these programs so that all inhabitants of Kaduna can begin to enjoy its benefits as soon as possible.
The CISLAC and the stakeholders of other civil societies commended Governor Nasir El-Rufai for allocating more than 16% of the Kaduna 2018 budget to the health sector. They also mentioned the approval of the N480 million with N100 million released as counterpart fund to the Saving One Million Lives program of the World Bank.
The Kaduna Maternal Accountability Mechanism (KADMAM) were also mentioned in the communiqué for their initiation of the Open Kaduna for providing an enabling platform for other civil society groups to work together with health bodies so that the maternal and child health in Kaduna can be monitored. CISLAC also commended the Kaduna State government for the Safe Space Initiative, a platform to address issues relating to the girl child.
CISLAC concluded the statement by encouraging the state government to ensure that the upgrading processes of the remaining primary health care centers are completed so that there will be more health services rendered to the people and the prevalence of maternal and child deaths recorded in the state would be reduced.