KADMAN, SACoM Commend Sokoto, Kaduna on Prompt Release of RI Fund

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By: Joy Odor/Kaduna

Kaduna State Maternal Accountability Mechanism (KADMAM) and Sokoto Accountability Coalition for Maternal and Child Healthcare (SACoM) has hailed their respective State governments on prompt release of total funds allocated to Routine Immunization (RI) in the 2017 budget.

KADMAM and SACoM made the commendation during a two-day retreat on health sector review and performance, organized by Community Health and Research Initiative (CHR) and Strengthening Accountability for Maternal Health in Nigeria (SAMIN), Sunday, in Kaduna.

The Secretary of KADMAM, Mallam Isah Gidado who spoke on behalf of the Coalition called on the Kaduna State Government to strengthen citizen’s participation and openness of its immunization initiatives by improving state-level CSO’s participation in relevant immunization meetings.

According to him, Kaduna and Sokoto State Government had released N128 million and N87 million respectively, representing 100 percent of budget provision for RI in 2017.

While commending the Sokoto State Government for improving on the participation of CSOs in the last two quarters of 2017, Mallam Didado appealed to the state government to allow public access to immunization information.

“CSOs in Kaduna, who are representatives of the people,  have not been co-opted in the RI finance working group meetings despite several advocates to the State Primary Health Care Development Agency.

We are, therefore, making a passionate appeal for inclusion in the 2018 budget implementation for RI,” he said.

The Participants are drawn from Team Kaduna State Maternal Accountability Mechanism (KADMAM) and Sokoto Accountability Collation for Maternal and Child Healthcare (SACoM) for the two-day retreat on health sector review and performance, organized by Community Health and Research Initiative (CHR) and Strengthening Accountability for Maternal Health in Nigeria (SAMIN) in Kaduna.

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