Gombe state will strengthen its health systems with a view to reducing the mortality rate for women and children in the state.
Executive Secretary of the Gombe State Primary Health Care Development Agency, Dr. Ahmed Gana, stated this yesterday at the opening of a two-day meeting and capacity building training for stakeholders in the health sector in the state organized by Evidence for Action, E4A.
Dr. Gana said the rising number of women and children who die in avoidable circumstances was unacceptable, promising government’s support and partnership in ensuring great improvement in maternal and child health care.
“Government is determined to ensure that this situation is reversed, we are going to encourage this platform (E4A) to open up our health facilities because we are transparent and accountable”.
“They (E4A) will be encouraged to come and see all that we have on ground in terms of our plans, budgets, our activities and even our challenges and limitations”.
Aminu Magashi Garba, National Coordinator of Evidence for Action said the essence of the training/meeting was to form a platform of civil society, NGO’s and media that will enhance accountability mechanism on budgeting system and advocacy on issues related to women and children.
He said the platform’s advocacy would centre on timely release of funds, proper budgeting and tracking of the budgets among many others.
He called for the cooperation of all stakeholders, especially government in ensuring that what the platform stands for comes to fruition.

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