By Asma’u Ahmad
The Sokoto State Government has allocated the sum of N6.8 billion to revamp primary healthcare in the state.
Chairman of the Sokoto State House of Assembly Committee on Health, Alhaji Malami Basakkwace made the disclosure at a workshop for the state’s 2016-2020 Strategic Health Development Plan in Kaduna.
“This huge allocation was done to ensure the provision of reliable and efficient healthcare to the people of the state, and it is part of the change agenda of the present administration in the state.
“The assembly will also ensure that all the subsisting relevant fiscal responsibility and public procurement laws are duly applied,” he said.
The lawmaker assured that relevant laws required to enthrone good governance and efficiency in healthcare delivery would be passed.
Basakkwace also assured that the assembly would ensure that all funds allocated to the sector were released on time and judiciously utilized. “This will be done to ensure that the strategic plan is fully implemented to achieve the desired objectives.”
The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Health, Alhaji Umar Attahiru, promised that the state government would partner with relevantstakeholders to ensure successful implementation of the plan.
Chief of Party of the USAID-assisted Research Triangular Institute (RTI/LEAD), Alhaji Tijjani Mohammed said the workshop was organized to develop strategic health development plan.
He said: “This plan is part of our partnership with the state government to fashion out a vision and mission as far as the health sector is concerned. It is also part of moves to ensure that things
are done right and the ultimate goal is to provide quality healthcare to the people of the state.”