By Noah Ocheni, Lokoja
Kogi State Governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello has approved the release of N100 million bond required for the state to access Basic Health Care Provision Fund (BHCPF).
The governor disclosed this in Lokoja, at the inauguration ceremony of the ”Introduction of Meningitis A (MEN-A) vaccine into the Routine Immunisation Schedule in the state.
It was gathered that the BHCPF was one per cent of the federal government Consolidated Revenue and contributions from donor grants set aside to fund the basic healthcare needs of Nigerians.
To access the fund, a state government needs amongst other conditions to contribute N100 million as counterpart fund.
He added that aside counterpart funding, the state had also met other criteria to accessing the fund, including the establishment of state Primary Health Care Development Agency and State Health Insurance Scheme.
The Governor who was represented by the Commissioner for Health, Dr. Sarah Audu said the introduction of MEN-A vaccines into the state’s RI, was part of his administration’s efforts to protecting Kogi children against preventable childhood killer diseases.
He commended the NPHCDA, KSPHCDA, WHO and other development partners for their support and the wonderful initiative, stressing that it was inline with the new direction blueprint of his administration.
He stressed that the state had series of health programmes towards reducing the heart wrecking maternal, and child mortality indices which had made Nigeria to be ranked second worldwide in maternal and child mortality.
”We all know that Nigeria alone cannot end preventable child deaths, the reason we must be very grateful to our development partners for their collaborative efforts and achievements so far.” he added.
The governor advised mothers to bring out their children to participate in the program which would be taking place across the state free of charge.
Dr Abubakar Yakubu, Executive Director, Kogi Primary Healthcare Development in his remarks said the agency was committed to ending preventable child deaths and enhance quality healthcare delivery to the people at the grassroots.
He defined Meningitis as ”Inflammation of brain and spinal cord membranes, typically caused by an infection, usually caused by a viral infection but could also be bacterial or fungal.