By Kasim Sumaina
The National Institute for Legislative Studies (NILS) has urged the Federal Government to improved budgetary provision on Child and Family Health with effective legislative mechanism for accountability.
NILS noted that Maternal and Child Health occupies an important policy space at both national and global levels.
This was made known by the Director General, NILS, Dr. LadiHamalai, during a presentation of Research Report on Government Funding Obligations on Child and Family Health at the National Assembly, recently in Abuja.
In a release made available to journalists by the Communication Adviser NILS, Mrs. Nwajei Hamalai, he explained that, with the growing concerns, there was urgent need to reduce Child and Maternal Mortality rate to the barest minimum.
According to her, NILS decided to call for the improved budgetary provision on Child and Family Health with effective legislative and mechanism for accountability despite the country grappling with challenges across the different spheres of life. “Available statistics show a disproportionate allocation of budgetary resources to the health sector.”
She stated that the report, which was in two parts, has potentials for boosting access to utilisation of Maternal and Child Health (MCH), particularly in the rural communities.
Responding, Chairman, Senate Committee on National Planning and Economic Affairs. Senator (Dr.) Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso, said, “the presence of six critical and relevant committees of both chambers was a demonstration of the premium the National Assembly attaches to Family Health.”
Kwankwaso further stated that the collaboration between committees of the National Assembly was a key platform and a critical element for effective legislation.