Gombe Assembly sets priority on health sector

  • Maternal health in Gombe
The MamaYe accountability mechanism in Gombe will ensure that policy makers fulfil their promises.

Gombe State House of Assembly has reiterated its commitments to support the State in reforming the Health sector for improved service delivery.

The Chairman of the House Committee on Health, Dr. Bature Usman Gwani, stated this in an interactive session with the health sector stakeholders in Gombe.

Dr. Bature, who is a medical doctor, confirmed that his committee would do everything possible to prioritise line items that can improve the service delivery of the healthcare sector in the 2016 annual budget.

He said despite the nation’s economic instability which invariably affected all the States’ status, the eighth Gombe State Assembly would work out possibilities to increase  health sector allocation in the next fiscal year.

In his contribution, the Chairman House Committee on Appropriation, Honourable Solomon Jisimah, said when the increase in funding of the sector is realised, the Assembly would make sure that oversight function is conducted to ensure judicious utilisation of the resources allocated to improve health indices, especially maternal, newborn and child health areas.

The meeting was organised by MamaYe to launch its Gombe State Accountability Mechanism, which is an initiative to hold policy makers accountable to their promises towards improving the lives of pregnant women and newborns.

Key stakeholders of Government Ministries, Department and Agencies, civil society, media, legislature and health professional bodies were present at the meeting to discuss the new concept of Accountability Mechanism on Maternal and Newborn Health.

The Gombe State Coordinator of the Project, Sanusi Bature, had earlier informed the gathering that, among other things, MamaYe (Evidence for Action) would support Gombe State to use reliable evidence for better planning and implementation of programmes and policies.

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