By MUH’D ZANGINA, Kura
Jigawa MNCH Accountability Forum (JiMAF) has commended Jigawa State government for increasing monthly grant for free maternal and child medical treatment from N15 million to N75million.
The group described the review of the grant as a welcome development that will go in tandem with the growing demand for more resources to tackle the high rate of maternal and child death in the state.
This was contained in a press statement signed by the co-chair, JIMAF, Comrade Baffa Nayaya, which is a platform comprising civil societies, media, government and citizens who are working to improve.
According to the statement, the government has demonstrated a high sense of concern and answers public call on the need to increase its commitment in improving maternal and child health care service.
The group who are also partners to Partnership to Engage Reform and Learn (PERL), MNCH2, has called on the state governor, Alhaji Muhammadu Badaru, to ensure an immediate implementation of the increment, constant and timely release of the monthly grants.
The release however advice government to involve the civil society and other non-governmental organisation in the policy implementation for more effective monitoring, evaluation and timely intervention when necessary.
They also call on the general public to support the policy by taking their children and allowing their wives to visit any nearest health facilities for antenatal, postnatal, immunisation and any related medical treatment when needed.