Child Spacing : Kaduna  Spending N34.38 On Each Child Bearing Woman In 2018

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A group doing some Calculations during day-two of the Step-down Training on Budget Monitoring, Analysis and Scorecard System in Kaduna on Thursday.

 

Even though  the Kaduna  State  Government led by Governor  Nasir  el-Rufai is blazing the trail by being  the first state government  to make a budget  available  for  Child  Spacing  services aimed at reducing maternal and child  mortality,  the fund  has been realized to be far from  being adequate.

This was the outcome  of a technical  session  conducted  by  groups  on day-two of the Step-down Training on Budget Monitoring, Analysis and Scorecard System in Kaduna on Thursday.
At the conclusion  of the exercise,  groups discovered  that only N34.38 was earmarked  for each woman  of child  bearing  age in Kaduna State.
From the data available  to the groups,  the total number of women within child bearing age Nigerian in Kaduna  State  was estimated  at 1,838,942.
With the release of N100m approved by Governor el-Rufai  for the 2017 budget, the estimated  money for each woman was calculated to N34.38.
With the reducing  of the 2018 Child Spacing  budget to N75m, there  is even less meant for each woman.
Earlier  when speaking,  Nigerian Urban Reproductive Health Initiatives (NURHI) 2 Kaduna State  Team Leader,  Kabir Abdullahi  while presenting a lecture on Basic Calculations for Budget  Analysis at the State Primary Healthcare Development Agency (SPHCDA),  Kaduna on Thursday,  said that participants  were been taught  how to calculate budget.
He explained that though the budget of a preceding  year might seem to be more,  inflation  factor might make it less in value.
“That there is an increase  in votes for a year does not necessarily  translate to increase in budget of a preceding  year.
“This may be as a result  of inflation.
“We need to distinguish between NOMINAL  and REAL  values in analysing budgets, ” he told participants.
He explained that a research  conducted in 2011 showed  that not less than  N120 was required  for child  spacing for each woman, expressing fears that with  the  inflation  influence  over the years, much more may even be required in 2018.

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