Gov Ahmed Calls for Stronger Health Systems & Demographic Data
Written by Uthy on March 1, 2018
Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed of Kwara State has called for a stronger health systems and reliable demographic data for planning in Nigeria.
The governor made the call while receiving the Founder-President of Wellbeing Foundation, Her Excellency, Mrs. Toyin Ojora Saraki at the Government house, Ilorin on Wednesday.
He noted that healthcare is critical and requires a major attention in order to ensure development. He therefore, called on the County to improve on its health delivery system with focus on mother and child health.
The governor also lamented the absence of updated demographic data is hindering development planning and identified the data gap as one of the challenges facing Sub-sahara Africa.
He disclosed that government is ensuring that registrations are done both at birth and death for proper budgetary planning.
Alhaji Ahmed observed that efforts like that of the wellbeing Foundation Africa and Johnson & Johnson must be strengthened, noting that government budgetary support cannot alone deliver the necessary health system.
He expressed his administrations’ readiness to partner with the Foundation and lend the necessary support to make the programmes of the foundation a success to boost the already existing health care service delivery in the State.
Speaking further, Governor Ahmed stated that his predecessor, Dr Bukola Saraki put in place one of the strongest platforms to deliver affordable and accessible healthcare to the people with the Community Health Insurance Scheme.
He disclosed that the scheme had been upscale to a state-wide programme and the machineries for its takeoff had been put in place with the aim of strengthening accessibility and availability.
Earlier in her address, the Founder-President of Wellbeing Foundation, Mrs. Saraki accompanied by officials of program partners, Johnson & Johnson and Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine said the team was in the State on assessment tour of Joint partners in emergency obstetric and newborn care (EmONC) programme and mama care maternal programme.
She disclosed that the EmONC programme, which her Foundation commenced in 2015 is being carried out at basic healthcare facilities in 9 Local governments in the State by increasing the availability and quality of care for mothers and babies.
Saraki commended the Governor for the various healthcare programmed initiated by his administration in the State especially in maternal and child care.
She solicited for the support of Governor Ahmed to lead the mantra in civil registrations and vital statistics to make sure that every child is registered at birth and ensure that the democratic dividend is seen to reach every citizen.