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Coalition Disseminate Bauchi State Health Budget, MNCH Scorecards to Stakeholders

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By Bashir Hassan Abubakar

Bauchi State Accountability Mechanism for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (BaSAM) has presented the 2020 health budget and MNCH scorecards to relevant stakeholders in the health sector.

In a welcome address at the disseminating meeting , Government Co-chair of BaSAM, Dr. Dayyabu Mohammed said the scorecards that were developed was based on the MNCH indicators provided and data sourced both from the health facilities in the state and related health MDAs across Bauchi State.

Dr. Mohammed then requested stakeholders to critically examine the score cards with a view to seeing where there are gaps, to be addressed towards improving maternal and child health.

“Though, most times we are faced with bitter truths regarding how the state is faring in MNCH through the score cards, it is also an avenue for us to take proactive measures in striving to improve on maternal and child health in the state.

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“I want to commend members of BaSAM for being consistent in carrying out such tasks with a view to advocating for improved MNCH, using evidence as a means of convincing policy makers and implementers in Bauchi State”, said Dr. Dayyabu.

Also speaking, a member of BaSAM, Elizabeth Kah informed participants at the meeting that for over Five years, the coalition has been on the vanguard in using evidence to advocate for increase in the Bauchi State budget allocation to health and also the timely release of funds for effective implementation of MNCH.

Coalition Disseminate Bauchi State Health Budget, MNCH Scorecards to Stakeholders

While tasking Bauchi State Government on it’s health agenda drive on behalf of BaSAM, another member Mrs Hajara Moses called on the state ministry of health to improve and sustain public awareness on mass media ,social media platforms and door-to-door outreach on the benefits of antenatal and postnatal care visits despite Covid-19 pandemic.

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Moses also advocated for the strengthening of data collection, collation and harmonization of same.

“While we commend the state government on the previous successes recorded in routine immunization, these efforts have been reversed by the scourge of covid-19 pandemic. Measures should be put in place to forestall further decline of the health gains”, said Moses.

There were goodwill messages from relevant state government MDAs and international development partners, where all of them expressed their readiness to partner with BaSAM for the overall improvement in MNCH in the state.

Highlights of the dissemination meeting was the unveiling of the 2020 Bauchi State health budget and MNCH score cards developed by BaSAM, with support from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation funded intervention , Evidence for Action – Mamaye Program.

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Our correspondent reports that Bauchi State Accountability Mechanism for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (BaSAM) is a coalition of members drawn from the Government MDAs, Civil Society Organizations and Media, whose main objective is to advocate for improved MNCH using evidence as advocacy tool kit in carrying out it’s activities.

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The National Industrial Court sitting in Abuja has ordered that the Nigerian Association of Resident Doctors are restrained from continuing with the ongoing strike pending the determination of the substantive suit before it.

The court, therefore, ordered members of the association nationwide to return to work.

The court held that there is no amount of money that will compensate for the loss of lives in the circumstances.

Justice Bashar Alkali made the order on Friday while ruling on an application by the Federal Government in the suit against NARD.

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Industrial Court orders resident doctors to call off strike

The Federal Government’s lawyer, Tochukwu Maduka (SAN), had moved his motion for interlocutory injunction, and prayed the court for an order of interlocutory injunction restraining the defendant from continuing with the industrial action pending the hearing and determination of the substantive suit.

He also prayed the court to compel the members of NARD nationwide to return to their duty posts pending the determination of the substantive suit.

He argued that resident doctors as persons who provide essential services cannot embark on strike and continuing to do so will wreck hardship on citizens.

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The resident doctor’s lawyer, Robinson Ariyo, vehemently opposed the application for interlocutory injunction and urged the court to discountenance their application.

He argued that the life of a medical doctor is not less useful than the life an average human being.

He argued that justice must be balanced, not just to the government, but also to the doctors who are the field marshals in the face of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

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The National President, National Association of Resident Doctors, Dr Uyilawa Okhuaihesuyi and the Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige
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Striking members of the Nigerian Association of Resident Doctors have said that they may shift ground on their ongoing strike that started on August 2 if they see signs that the Federal Government will honour agreements and clear some outstanding payments.

The outstanding payments the association is expecting the government to settle before they can consider ending the strike include death benefits of members who died during COVID-19 pandemic and salary arrears among others.

It was further learnt that the leadership of NARD and that of the Nigerian Medical Association would be meeting the Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, on Friday in continuation of efforts to end the strike.

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Our correspondent gathered that the issue of review of hazard allowance will feature prominently in the Friday meeting.

Pay death benefits, salary arrears, NARD tells FG

An earlier meeting NARD and NMA had with the minister on Tuesday was said to have been postponed due to the failure of both parties to agree.

When contacted on the telephone on Wednesday, NARD’s Secretary General, Jerry Isogun, confirmed the development to our correspondent.

Resident doctors, FG tell court they’re open to negotiation
However, the Federal Government and NARD on Wednesday told the National Industrial Court, Abuja that they were open to negotiations in order to end the ongoing strike action.

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They disclosed this to Justice Bashar Alkali when the matter came up in court.

The counsel for the resident doctors, Femi Falana (SAN), prayed the court to direct the parties to return to the negotiation table.

The counsel for the Federal Government, Tochukwu Maduka (SAN), responded that the matter at hand was of a special breed.

He told the court that the parties were earlier sent to an industrial arbitral panel, but the arbitral process failed.

However, Maduka told the court that the Federal Government was still open to negotiations.

Consequently, the court fixed its ruling on the ongoing dispute between the Federal Government and the resident doctors for September 17.

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Falana had raised the issue of the court’s jurisdiction and had sought that his application challenging the court’s jurisdiction be taken.

But Maduka stated that the issue of contempt had yet to be taken and argued that the issue of contempt should take precedence over the issue of jurisdiction.

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President Muhammadu Buhari-led federal government has begged striking National Association of Resident Doctors, NARD, to call off their ongoing strike.

Akelicious Media reports that the Minister of Health, Osagie Ehanire, made the call during the presidential committee on COVID-19 briefing on Monday.

The minister begged residents doctors to put an end to the ongoing strike action, adding that Buhari has promised to settle all debts.

Last week his excellency, the president received the leadership of the Nigerian Medical Association in audience and in his remarks called on doctors on strike to return to duty and for those contemplating it to opt for peaceful resolution, so as not to put the lives of citizens at risk,” he said.

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“He reminded us that his administration has a sound track record of paying debts, even such debts as inherited from, or ignored by preceeding administration. Resident doctors are therefore assured from the highest authority in the land that all debts will be settled, when they are verified and validated.

Please Cease The Strike – Buhari Govt Begs Resident Doctors

“With this, I call on striking doctors to put an end to their industrial action immediately and return to work. Nigeria has been lucky with the relatively low impact of COVID-19 so far, and we need to keep our preparedness optimal. We cannot afford to stretch our luck too far.”

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Buhari had last Friday met with members of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) in a bid to find a solution to crisis rocking the health sector.

Recall that Doctors on August 2, embarked on strike action, accusing the federal government of failing to implement agreements it had with their union on issues including salaries, hazard allowances, and others.

The strike embarked upon by the doctors had been expected to be close to a peaceful resolution until the resident doctors on Sunday told the federal government they won’t sign the memorandum of understanding put on the table by the government team.

The doctors accused the government of insincerity in its dealings, hence their inability to trust what is contained in the memorandum again since they’ve been deceived previously.

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