Katsina State governor, Aminu Bello Masari yesterday revealed that some 900,000 children and mothers die annually in the country.
Masari, who gave the revelation at Comprehensive Centre, Kurfi, during the flag off of Health Promotion Outreach Programme sponsored by the state’s “Saving One Million Lives Programme For Results,” stressed that the national mortality rate has unacceptable economic and developmental consequences.
According to him, the aggregate data showed that the nation only made modest progress in the health sector in the past two decades despite the huge investment of the three levels of government.
“We have observed that solution focused on improved inputs and has not worked in the past but the availability of many of the health inputs such as health facilities and trained health workers suggested that governance broadly defined impeding or binding constrains. As a response to that, federal government introduced an innovative mechanism which is geared towards addressing the observed challenges.
“This financing apparatus, “Saving One Million Lives Programme” provides us an opportunity to broadly address governance and the management issues towards ensuring one, greater focus on result; two, increased accountability; three, improved measurement, and four, encouragement of innovation,” he further posited.
Katsina, he said, is aligning itself with the national push for universal access to quality healthcare devoid of risk catastrophe, adding that a vital feature of protection from catastrophe expenditure is the availability of pre-payment for healthcare cost and Katsina State has taken steps towards universal coverage one step at a time.
Masari, who lamented that only five per cent of Nigerians had pre-paid healthcare through social voluntary private insurance, said the current administration is vigorously pursuing the principle of universal healthcare coverage including passage of the bill for contributory healthcare as well as the use of public financing for financial protection of its indigenes.
Earlier, the state commissioner for health, Mariyatu Bala Usman, disclosed that N46.5m would be expended on the Health Promotion Outreach Programme in the 15 pilot local government areas in addition to provision of adequate facilities and other resource to ensure the success of the programme.