Prevent Epidemic Project exhort Kano State Government to plan adequately by having a sustained financing for general health security that can respond to any form of epidemic or pandemic.
The Project Director, Prevent Epidemic Project, Dr Gafar Olawale made the call at a workshop for developing health security financing accountability framework and media parley for Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) working in health and budget thematic areas.
Dr Gafar says the main thrust of the conversation is how to raise more money and how to ensure that there is sustained health financing for health security.
He says health security is preparing, responding and treating health epidemic and pandemics. He also says “for us to be well prepared, we need sustained financing at the starting point, ensure we have a budget line for making necessary preparations.
For instance, if there is an outbreak and there are no resources in the first 48 or 72hrs, that is when the highest casualties are recorded; reasons for such casualties are poor funding, inadequate human capital and low level of preparedness on the part of those charged with such responsibilities.
The Program State Coordinator, Mohammed Shuaibu Inuwa says the overall objectives of the workshop is to develop epidemic preparedness accountability framework to guide tracking of policy makers and stakeholders’ action towards improved budgetary allocation and sustained financing for epidemic preparedness and response, as well as outcomes.
He also says at the end of the workshop, participants will develop a mechanism of effective engagement on epidemic preparedness and response financing.
Nafisa Murtala is a media practitioner and a participant at the workshop, says “I have learned a lot. It is very essential that CSOs and Media work together on issues of advocacy to attain the needed systemic change that will provide citizens security in the health sector”.
Murtala says “I am gingered to do more of media advocacy for the betterment of humanity”.
The Executive Director, Centre for Awareness on Justice and Accountability (CAJA), Kabiru Dakata says the meeting succeeded in bringing actors from CSOs and Media, to discuss on parenting epidemics in Kano state.
Dakata says “I am happy that the meeting recommended for further engagement with other stakeholders like Kano State House of Assembly and MDAs on the need to channel more funds for health security especially for the prevention of epidemics in the state”.
The Prevent Epidemic or PE Project is funded by the GHAI-RTSL (Global Health Advocacy Incubator – Resolve to Save lives) that supports CSOs who advocate for public health policies that reduce death and diseases.
The Project is being implemented by Legislative Advocacy Initiative for Sustainable Development Goals (LISDEL) that works with the Legislature to improve outcomes of their statutory functions.
The purpose of the project is to improve and sustain domestic financing for epidemic preparedness and response in Nigeria.