With Lagos state contributing one of the highest maternal and newborn mortality and morbidity in Nigeria, the
Co-chairman, Lagos State Accountability Mechanism for Maternal & New Born Child Health (LASAM), Barrister Ayo Adebusoye has urged the state government to declare a state of emergency on maternal and child health.
Adebusoye, who made this call at a 2-day capacity building workshop on Budget Planning and Analysis in Lagos state, said Lagos state contributes one of the largest in terms of maternal mortality rate. Going forward, he said there is need for the state to prioritize the health sector with proper funding as health is wealth.
Speaking on the Lagos state health budget, Adebusoye said, “In 2017, the state had 8.84 percent proportional allocation to health and 0.2 percent was allocated to family planning.
In 2018, N48 million was approved but was not released for family planning. So, as a result the state may witness a reverse in the health sector in 2019.
He said, “Most citizens are just one sickness away from poverty and when most people get sick, it drains all their savings.
I implore the Lagos state government to declare state of emergency on maternal and child health.
We need to see increases in budget allocation and budget disbursement.
“We have also noticed that low client accept owing to long lasting issues such as attitude of health workers, need for more stores, inadequate family planning consumables and data disparity as some of the challenges to meeting the Lagos state family planning contraceptive prevalence rate of 74 percent by 2020.
“We explore some of the forces and trends that are shaping family planning financing in the local government areas in Lagos state.
With stakeholders like Ward Health Committee, NURHI 2, imprest for supportive supervision is specifically provided for in a few facilities ranging from between N3,000 to N10,000.”
For sustainability, Adebusoye urged the state and local governments to allocate money for family planning consumables and to inaugurate the Local Government Health Authorities (LGHAs), a critical step in achieving Universal Health Coverage (UHC) for all residents.
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