Major stakeholders in the health sector last week showered encomium on Governor Mohammed Abubakar of Bauchi State over the full implementation of the Abuja Declaration by allocating 16 percent of the state budget to the health sector.
Some of the national and global partners including representatives from USAID, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Federal Ministry of Health, National Primary Healthcare Development Agency applauded the aggressive implementation of the 5 point health agenda by Governor Abubakar during ‘annual performance review workshop of the 5-point health agenda,’ held in Abuja.
The Governor has consistently allocated and implemented the policy since he assumed office starting in the 2016 Appropriation Act passed by the State House of Assembly.
Halima Mukadass, Bauchi State Commissioner for Health who spoke at the, reviewed the successes and challenges faced in the implementation of the policy.
According to her, huge success was recorded in the areas of routine immunisation, health workers motivation and welfare, improved funding structure and strategic communication among others.
Speaking at the roundtable discussion, Governor Abubakar attributed the success recorded to collaborative efforts of all stakeholders in the health sector in the state, as well as prudent management of resources introduced by his administration.
He added that Government’s consistency in implementing the well-thought policy was also critical to the success recorded.
Part of the gains mentioned include construction of 19 primary healthcare centres across LGAs in the state all equipped with modern facilities, water source and a functional ambulance each.
Governor Abubakar also said his administration will remain consistent in improving the quality of life and standard of living in the state, noting that the positive feedback received will be implemented.