Participants at a one-day media dialogue on maternal health organized by Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC) in collaboration with MacArthur foundation, held in Kano have indicated that delay in the endorsement of local government autonomy remains a challenge to effective service delivery in the Primary Health Care system as enshrined under relevant provisions of the National Health Act, 2014.

This was contained in a communique issued at the end of the dialogue. According to the communique, the local government autonomy will ensure effective and efficient running of primary healthcare delivery system in the state adding that it is good to note that, in 2018 appropriation, Kano State government has allocated 13 per cent of its total budget to the health sector, which it says in a closer attempt to the out of 15 per cent benchmark.

The communique also identified lack of appropriate supervision, control and management of healthcare facilities by the government as an avenue that paves way for abuses and unethical practices by some healthcare personnel.

Similarly, it stated that prompt tracking and monitoring of the State’s contributory health fund by civil society groups will assist in ensuring appropriate implementation of the state’s newly adopted health ensuring scheme.

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