By; AMOS MATHEW, Kaduna
The Kaduna Maternal Accountability Mechanism (KADMAM) has recommended the upgrade of health facilities in Kaduna State with a proper monitoring mechanism to ensure effective distribution and utilisation of Personal Protective Equipments (PPEs).
KADMAM made it known when it gathered stakeholders including civil society organizations, journalists, health sector workers, government officials and many others in ASAA Pyramid Hotel in Kaduna.
During the gathering, KADMAM made presentation of the Rapid Assessment Covid-19 Response and validation of harmonised year 2021 draft Annual Operational Plan (AOP) for the health sector in Kaduna State.
A KADMAM official Dr. Mustapha Jumare said the programme was part of the quarterly #OpenKaduna health sector, a mechanism for continued efforts in ensuring that service deliveries were up to standard.
It was made known during the presentation that there was a shortfall in the provision of Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) in the health facilities.
Abdulrahman Mikail who also chairs a sub-committee of KADMAM, said almost 50% of the facilities had inadequate PPEs with 30% being without PPEs.”
Also speaking, a Technical Adviser to the Kaduna state Commissioner of Health, Lawal Abubakar, while presenting the 3rd quarter health performance report, said that it was developed on five principles.
“They are accountability and inclusiveness, application of rigour, use of evidence, health plan linkages and integration of policy initiatives,” he said.
“The plan was created through the situational analysis, bottle-neck analysis, post-field analysis and SWOT (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats) analysis,” he said.
Director Planning, Research and Statistics in the Kaduna state Ministry of Health, Dr. Joseph Sunday,while presenting the Validation of year 2021 draft health sector budget, said that the state strategic health development plan comprised of five pillars and fifteen priority areas.
Dr.Sunday said some common problems in the Annual Operational Plan, AOP, development included activity not SMART (specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and time-bound), activity which has no proper ownership, no clear cost drivers, appearing in multiple places amongst others.
At the closure of the gathering, It was generally, agreed at the one day event, that primary health care centers were the first line of support to communities and are relatively informed on the COVID-19 health protocols.