Bauchi State Government is to extend its Drug Revolving Fund Scheme (DRF) from the present 160 Primary Health Care Centres (PHCs) currently benefiting, to cover other health facilities across the state.
Mr Abdulkadir Ahmed, Managing Director of the State Drugs Management and Medical Consumable Agency (DMMA) stated this in Bauchi on Tuesday when the Advocacy and Knowledge Management sub-committee of the Bauchi state Accountability Mechanism on Maternal Health Care paid him an advocacy visit.
He said this was part of efforts of the state government to improve maternal, neonatal and child health care in the state.
According to him, the target of the government is to ensure that by the year 2019, all health facilities across the state operated the DRF to enable less privileged families enjoy quality drugs at affordable rate.
He said the advocacy visit would ginger the agency to continue its good work, but regretted that its (agency’s) take off fund had dropped from N27 million, to just about N2 million.
He noted that despite this financial challenge, the agency had continued to discharge its duties through effective management of the available resources.
Earlier, the Chairman of the advocacy sub-committee, Mr Ladan Dalhatu, had said that most women of child- bearing age sought for medical support from health facilities within their immediate environment.
He lamented that current health index indicated that Bauchi was one of the state with highest maternal and child mortality in the North-East sub-region.