Kaduna State Commissioner, Ministry of Health and Human Services, Dr. Paul Manya Dogo, has revealed that only 150 out of 254 contractors who signed agreement with the state government for the going expansion and renovation of 255 Primary Health Care, PHCs, are working on the site.
By ACHADU GABRIEL, Kaduna
Making the revealition at a quarterly briefing in Kaduna, on Sunday, the commissioner however disclosed that all contract agreements have been signed by both contractors and clients with 254 contracts agreements already collected by the contractors.
The commissioner also informed that some of the works have been completed and handed over to the client between 19th April, and May 2017, especially PHCs in Kakau, U/Haladu, in Chikun and B/Gwari local government areas of the state respectively, while others are being completed.
The commissioner said the state went into partnership with development partners towards strengthening the PHC system along various thematic areas such as governance and leadership, human resources for health, supply chain management, health information management system, referral system among others.
He said “We have developed the minimum services package and the service delivery plan model, for PHC for approval by the governor”.
Dr. Manya Dogo said government is investing resources towards strengthening routine immunization, and have 996 functional operational PHC facilities providing routine immunization and outreach services.
Accordingly, he said cold chain equipment required to fill the existing cold chain gap have been procured and are awaiting the completion of rehabilitation of the PHCs for installation.
“Additional cold stores, one in each of the three senatorial zone, have been completed with new walk-in-cold rooms installed”, he stressed.
He also stated that, as part of government determination to meet the demand of health care needs, with respect to medicines and health commodities, Drugs and Medical Supplies Management Agency
(DMA), is being positioned and strengthened to ensure the availability of medicines in all public health facilities in the state.
The agency, according to the commissioner, is working on people, process, policy and technology to achieve its mandate of providing medicines and medical consumables unhindered.
He noted that while the supply chain management system has improved tremendously in terms of availability and the 3PL, DMA is working on master data to ensure visibility of all drugs and health commodities, and have deployed technology, SMS for life in the State PHCs to monitor the stock levels of their drugs.
Even as the Commissioner disclosed that huge investment is being made by the present administration to rivitalized PHCs that has not been given proper attention as cornerstone as national health policy.
On human resources for health, he said the Civil Service Commission is handling the approval given it by the governor for recruitment, as applications are being processed, and aptitude test and interviews be conducted thereafter on 1000 Nurses, 20 consultants and 50 medical officers, pharmacist, lab scientists and others.
On a Fact Sheet, on 2016/2017, approved budgets, presented by Community Health Research Initiative, CHR, and Partners, the group’s key findings identified reduction in the State percentage of 2017, health sector capital budget compared to 2016 allocation.
CHR and partners however commended the 11 per cent allocation of 2017, annual total budget to health, stressing that it was an indication of commitment and gradual move to reach 15 per cent Abuja declaration.
The group however frowned at the zero release of budget to College of Nursing and Midwifery Kafancahan and the state AIDS control agency since January to April 2017.
Findings further averred that the state government has released about 14 per cent of the total health sector capital budget between January and April 2017, describing the initiative as commendable and almost puts Kaduna ahead of other states.