In an effort to address the high maternal and infant mortality rate in the state, the Chairman of Gombe State House of Assembly Committee on Health, Dr. Bature Usman Gwani has pledged to ensure increased budgetary allocation to the health sector.
Dr. Gwani spoke at a one-day sensitization meeting on state level accountability mechanism for Maternal New-Born and Child Health, MNCH, organised by a non-governmental organisation known as Mamaye (evidence for action) in the state capital yesterday.
He commended the NGO’s “action whereby they really want to see that whatever is budgeted for the health sector is well monitored and whatever is going there goes to where it should be”.
The legislator said the issue of budget tracking would be taken seriously in order to give the state’s health sector the necessary boost.
Dr. Aminu Magashi Garba in his power point presentation on the topic: ‘Why accountability in MNCH in Gombe State’ stated that low level of funding and improper utilization of funds were a major constraint to the implementation of MNCH.
He said other constraints were inadequacy of cost-effective drugs like Magnesium Sulphate, Oxytocin, Misoprostol and antibiotics in health facilities as well as the challenges of the use of data for planning and evaluation.
He said: “The aim (of the meeting) is to do a lot of advocacy to influence action in the health sector to ensure there is more money in the sector and also to ensure the money is sufficiently spent”.
He said “we also want to ensure reducing bleeding during pregnancy, reducing convulsion, reducing infection and also making sure our women are happy when they deliver and our babies are very healthy.”

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