By: Mayen Etim
KADUNA, North-West, Nigeria – The Society of Gynaecology and Obstetrics of Nigeria, (SOGON) has called on the Kaduna State Government for prompt release of budget allocation and cash backing for Family Planning in the state, saying such budget line should be for procurement and distribution of consumables.
The group in a communique issued at the end of a high level meeting on KDSG’s compliance with FP commitments held on Monday, said there is a need for government to scale up facilities that provides FP services from the present 571 to 711 facilities, based on DHIS data.
SOGON who’s one of the implementing partners for the Partnership for Advocacy in Child and Family Health at Scale (PACFaH@Scale) project, also said that distribution of commodities and consumables should be done at the same time to retain confidence of consumers and clients of FP programme in the state.
“Government should speed up transfer of the Logistics Management Control Unit, (LMCU) to the Drug Management Agency, (DMA) and with full Terms of Reference, (TOR).
“Civil Society Organizations, (CSOs) should initiate reconciliation of 2017 and 2018 budgets.
“Integration of FP services with other MNCH services for effective service delivery.
“Creation of Health Communication Unit at the State Primary Health Care Development Agency, (KSPHCDA).”
Participants at the high level meeting appreciated efforts of the state Ministry of Health and Human Services, KSPHCDA, Planning and Budget Commission as well as SOGON-PAS.