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Charter will help Kaduna State to prioritise community health needs – Official

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 The Community Development Charter CDC developed in Kaduna State would strengthen communities engagement in health budgeting process in the State The declaration was made in Zaria Kaduna State on Wednesday by Mr Ibrahim Abubakar Health Management Information System Officer at the Kaduna State Primary Healthcare Board KSPHCDB He was speaking with the News Agency of hellip
Charter will help Kaduna State to prioritise community health needs – Official

NNN: The Community Development Charter (CDC) developed in Kaduna State would strengthen communities’ engagement in health budgeting process in the State.

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The declaration was made in Zaria, Kaduna State, on Wednesday by Mr Ibrahim Abubakar, Health Management Information System Officer at the Kaduna State Primary Healthcare Board (KSPHCDB).

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He was speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria on the side-line of a two-day Train-the-Trainers programme on the development of community health needs in the state.

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He described the CDC as a “written document containing the development needs of each community; generated by the community members and listed in order of priority’’.

He said the approach would enable health officials to extract community health needs as contained in the CDC document for the development of the health sector’s Annual Operational Plan (AOP).

Abubakar explained that the needs would be analysed and aligned with the health priority areas of the state government which would in turn, allocate funds to them for implementation.

“This step is a welcome development that will strengthen community participation in the development of the health AOP and the preparation of the budget.

“The CDC approach means that there will be wider stakeholder engagements and participation which will ensure that government’s interventions in the health sector reflect communities’ needs,’’ he stressed.

Abubakar also told NAN that government was already moving away from training, meetings and workshop-based AOPs, to service delivery-based AOPs for quality service delivery in health facilities.

He observed that in the past, the AOPs revolved around meetings, trainings, and workshops, with little focus on service delivery.

“Even the few service delivery issues recorded in the AOPs were not implementable because the activities were not issue-based.

“This negatively affected the performance of the health sector with the state recording the highest rate of neonatal death, and among the leading states with disturbing health indices,’’ he said.

He added that to address the challenge, the state government adopted a bottleneck analysis approach from 2020 to determine priority areas for intervention.

Abubakar said the approach enabled the state to identify issues, proffer solutions and convert the solution to strategies and actions.

The two-day training was organised by the Save the Children International (SCI) in partnership with the KSPHCDB.

The participants are Local Government Community Engagement Focal Persons on development of Community Health Charter.

Mr Farouk Abdulkadir, SCI’s Advocacy and Campaign Coordinator, explained that the training was supported by the SCI on the auspices of the Gates Anchor IV Grant.

Abdulkadir said that the effort was to promote citizens’ engagement in health budgeting to ensure that citizens’ health needs were adequately covered in the state and local governments’ health budgets.

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