By; Mohammed Kawu, Bauchi.
Community Health Research Initiative (CHR) in collaboration with Bauchi State Accountability Mechanism (BASAM) have called on the Bauchi State Government to ensure timely release of routine immunization allocated funds.
The call was contained in a communiqué after a meeting organized for stakeholders’ dissemination on Routine Immunization Budget scorecard held at Bagari Suites, Bauchi, stressing that the routine immunization fund of N80 million released should be judiciously utilized for the purpose intended.
The communiqué further want the State Primary Development Agency and Emergency Operation Center to ensure timely and regular meetings of Finance Working Group, with adequate representation of local CSOs/Media to promote local ownership, openness, feedback and improvement of services.
“It is observed that quarterly review meeting held in the state has not met the required target of 75% rating in the scorecard, and there is low participation of CSOs and Media during Monthly Finance Working Group Meeting” they asserted.
The communiqué stressed the need for Ministry of Health and its agencies in the state to support the inclusion of CSOs/Media in monitoring and RI supervision, as it urged the CSOs to be proactive in engaging for optimum support for RI programs in the state.