Kano State government has said that it spends N240 million monthly, outside budgetary allocations, for the provision of quality and adequate health care services.
The state commissioner for Health, Dr Ibrahim Getso, disclosed this yesterday. He said, the amount spent outside health budget spending is mobilised through the Kano State Health Trust Fund (KSHTF), explaining that the law that established the trust fund, requires the state government to deposit 5 per cent from its Internally Generated Revenue(IGR) with the fund, while the 44 local governments are to deposit 1 per cent from the federal allocation with the fund.
Getso noted that the deposits remitted to the trust fund are spent on primary and secondary health care facilities across the state, without resorting to the use of the annual appropriation.
“Parts of the money deposited with the trust fund is used to equip health training institutions in the state, also to sponsor health research programmes to improve the quality of health services that are delivered to clients, this is outside the budgetary spending, on health in the state,” Getso said.
The commissioner, speaking at a one-day health stakeholders meeting, held at Royal Tropicana Hotel, with the title, “ Policy Dialogue on Kano State Government/Partners Alignment on State Work Plan on Routine Immunisation, and Primary Healthcare,” disclosed that over 300 primary health care facilities have been upgraded and renovated.
According to him, the state government in the efforts to address the shortage of manpower in the primary health sector, employed 1,600 primary health workers.
“ After the 1,600 workers that were recruited, to further improve primary health care services, the state government under Dr Abdullahi Umar Ganduje has also ordered the recruitment of more primary health workers, immediately after the Eid-el-Kabir.”
According to him, Kano State government has keyed into the “Abuja Declaration” which enjoins the federal and state governments to raise their annual health budgetary appropriation to a minimum of 15 per cent.