By: Joy Odor/Kaduna
The Health Budget Performance Score Card for January-December, 2017 has showed that only N3.6 billion representing 34.4 percent of the N10.490 billion capital budget approved in 2017 for the Health Ministry, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) in Kaduna State was released.
This was presented yesterday at the First Quarter Interactive Forum Tagged ‘#OpenKDSMOH for Health Sector Performance Review’ organized by Kaduna State Accountability Mechanism (KADMAM), North-West, Nigeria.
The scorecard revealed that the state ministry of health in the year under review had a release of N1.1 billion out of the N4.158 billion approved while the Drugs Management Agency had a release of N551.6 million out of N1.161 billion approved for 2017.
Also, the Primary Health Care Development Agency had a release of N1.917 billion out of N4, 276 billion approved while the Kaduna State AIDS Control Agency had a release of N2.5 million representing 0.61 percent out of N40 million approved.
N179.6 million was approved for College of Nursing and Midwifery in 2017 out of which only N648, 433.37 was released.
Similarly, out of the N118 million approved for College of Midwifery, only N19.5 million was released while Shehu Idris College of Health Sciences had a release of N14 million out of N186.9 million approved.
The section two of the score card tagged ‘Renovation and upgrading of 255 primary health care centers as at March, 2018 further revealed that 77 PHCs out of the 255 awarded for upgrade have been completed.
While 33 PHCs out of the 86 awarded in the northern senatorial zone have been completed, 24 out of the 81 awarded in the central zone have been completed. At the southern senatorial zone, 20 out of the 88 PHCs awarded have been completed.
In his speech, the Commissioner for Health and Human Services, Dr. Paul Manya Dogo said the upgrade and renovation of PHCs in all the political wards of the state has progressed, ‘though slowly but surely.
According to him, 102 have been completed, saying 62 are between 50 to 99 percent completion while 91 are below 50 percent completion.
“We have problems of poor initial condition surveys, which led to a number of variations and site issues,” he said.
He however mentioned a number of general hospitals across the state are receiving interventions including General hospitals of Ikara, Hunkuyi, Kaura, Gwantu, zonkwa, Kagarko, Maigana, Hajiya Gambo Sawaba general hospital, Yusuf Dantsoho memorial hospital, Sabon Tasha, Rigasa, Kawo, Rural hospitals of Kujama, Kwoi, Fadan kagoma and Turunku among others.
The interventions, he said, are essentially to enable them provide better healthcare to patients especially those referred from the various primary health centers.