The Jigawa state RMNCAH+N Accountability Forum (JiMAF), has called on the State Government to compliment Federal Government’s effort by releasing N300million set aside in its 2021 budget as equity contribution.
JiMAF appreciates the Federal government for providing the funds to pay for services of 45,059 beneficiaries, making it 157 poor and vulnerable persons per ward.
However, Jigawa State Contributory Healthcare Management Agency (JICHMA) enrolled 420 beneficiaries per ward (120,540).
According to JiMAF the release will pay for additional 33,333 already enrolled beneficiaries making it 274 per ward.
The call was contained in a congratulatory letter to the state government for emerging the first state in the north west geopolitical zone to commence the provision of Basic Health Care Provision Fund (BHCPF) services.
A statement signed on Thursday by the Co-Chair, JiMAF, Baffa Nayaya said the landmark achievement might not be possible without leadership support by His Excellency, the Executive Governor of Jigawa State.
“We equally appreciate the commitments and dedication by the State Ministry of Health, Jigawa State Primary Health Care Development Agency, JICHMA and other Development Partners in the State,” Baffa said.
The forum also called on the state and local governments to expediate action on the renovation 40 PHCs that are yet to meet the National Health Insurance Scheme criteria for accreditation.
“We equally call on JSPHCDA to support the remaining 105 ward level PHCs to meet the requirement for the provision of Basic Minimum Package for Health Services (BMPHS) in line with BHCPF guidelines,” Baffa added.
According to the Co-Chair, JIMAF will continue to support the state in the reduction of maternal and child mortality to barest minimum.
JiMAF is a platform comprising Civil societies, Media, Government and citizens working to improve reproductive, maternal, new born, child health and adolescent plus nutrition, services in Jigawa state.