Bauchi State Governor, Senator Bala Abdulkadir Mohammed has emerged as the only governor in the North-east geopolitical zone of the country to meet the African Union (AU) Abuja Declaration of 15 percent budget for health sector in 2020 budget.
It will be recalled that, Bauchi state government in its budget for 2020 fiscal year, allocated 25.5 billion naira representing 15.4 percent to health sector while Borno state allocated N11.6 billion, Yobe state allocated N12.8 billion for the health care sector,
Similarly, Gombe state announced the sum of N12.9billion out of N130.6billion which represents 9.8 percent of the total allocation to the sector while in Adamawa state N10 billion was budgeted for the sector.
Speaking with Government House Correspondents on the development, the Executive Secretary of the Bauchi State Health Contributory Management Agency, Dr Mansur Mustapha Dada who cited disturbing health indices in the state, hoped that the allocations would turn the tide.
Mansur Dada said allocation of more than 15 percent to health sector will go along way towards reducing inadequacy of funds and other challenges militating against the delivery of efficient healthcare services to the citizenry.
According to him, if the funds was released, it will ensure effective provision of healthcare services in addition to strengthen the healthcare system in the state.
The Executive Secretary said the declaration of state of emergency in the sector and the proposed health summit is an indication that Governor Bala Mohammed was determined to overcome the numerous challenges bedeviling the health sector in the state.
Mansur Dada said his Agency on its part in the first quarter of this year, will come up with free basic medical services beneficial to vulnerable groups and other people on essential needs to compliment the efforts of the present administration in the delivery of affordable healthcare services.
Reporting from Bauchi