The Health Reform Foundation of Nigeria, an NGO, has urged the Katsina State Government to dedicate 25 per cent of its annual budget for the health sector to malaria control.
Chairman of the foundation in the state, Alhaji Ibrahim Kurfi, made the call on Tuesday in Katsina during an advocacy visit to the State House of Assembly.
The chairman said: “Malaria constitute majority of health problems in hospitals in the state, hence the need for allocating 25 per cent of health sector budget to ensure effective malaria control.’’
He urged the lawmakers to support the NGO in its malaria control efforts and always involve health professionals during their oversight visits to health facilities in the state.
Kurfi implored the government to deploy more personnel to its health facilities particularly in rural areas to achieve the desired objective.
Responding, the Chairman of the House Committee on Health, Alhaji Aliyu Rumah, pledged to mobilise his colleagues and other stakeholders to support 25 per cent allocation of the health sector budget to malaria control programmes.
He said that the committee would also ensure that all health programmes were adequately funded by the government in order to enhance healthcare delivery in the state.