Group commends Ganduje for health trust fund law

Alhaji Abdullahi Umar Ganduje

The Resource Centre for Human Rights and Civic Education (CHRICED) has commended Kano State Governor, Abdulahi Umar Ganduje for signing into law the Kano State Health Trust Fund.

Executive Director, CHRICED, Ibrahim Zikirullahi, in a statement, yesterday, said the law is a monumental development, because it goes to the heart of one of the core governance issues, which must be given utmost attention in the interest of citizens.

Zikirullahi observed that in the face of the economic difficulties in the country, which has resulted in the high cost of healthcare, it is significant that the governance system in Kano has come up with a creative model to address the need for sustainable healthcare financing in the state.

By working together to make an innovative law towards addressing the challenge of health financing in the state, the executive and legislative arms of the Kano State Government have demonstrated a firm commitment to promoting and protecting the well-being of millions of ordinary citizens.

Zikirullahi said the law, which seeks to raise fund for health financing by taking five percent of Internally Generated Revenue (IGR), and one percent of the statutory allocation from each of the 44 Local Government Areas of the State is a good initiative.

CHRICED also called on the Kano State House of Assembly to expedite action on the passage of the Maternal and Child Health Bill, which seeks to use part of the financing from the Health Trust Fund to address the scourge of maternal and child mortality, especially in hard to reach communities in Kano State.



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