Coalition of Non Governmental Organizations , NGOs under umbrella of Partnership for Advocacy on Child and Family Health (PACFaH )has called for proper personell training and proper funding of Primary Health Centers to tackle Pneumonia and Diarrhoea in Kaduna
Speaking onbehalf of the coalition , Alhaji Abdullahi Tanimu who is the Coordinator of Child Protection Network(CPN) made the appeal during a courtesy call on the Executive Secretary of Kaduna State Primary Health Centres Board, Dr Hadiza Balarabe commended all efforts put in to ensure smooth management and delivery of drugs to PHCs in the state
According to him, Pneumonia and Diarrhoea kills children faster than malaria and HIV/AIDs combined ,hence there is an urgent need for government to provide all necessary funds and require personnel to combat the deadly diseases.
Tanko ,who led the coalition of NGOs to the office of the Executive Secretary of Kaduna State Primary Health Care Agency recently , also disclosed that out of the 337,000 births recorded yearly in Kaduna state, 66,000 die before they become 5 years of age.
While expressing worry over the killer diseases, he also informed KSPHCDA’s board about the PSN-PACFaH project to provide support and mobilization in Kaduna State
He however ,urged , the board to engage in widespread training of health workers on diagnosing and management of childhood Pneumonia and Diarrhoea using Amoxicillin DT and Zinc-LO-ORS.
He further requested :” The Agency to order Amoxicillin DT and Zinc-LO-ORS from the State Drug Management Agency for onward distribution to health facilities in the state , push for increase funding for the purchase of the Amoxicillin DT and Zinc-LO-ORS and the Executive Secretary use her good office to involve the CSOs partnership.”
He explained : ” The PSN-PACFaH, which is an amalgam of 8 CSOs and allied Non Governmental Organisation, (NGOs), said the 2013 Nigerian Demographic Health Survey (NDHS ) in Kaduna State also show that for every 1000 live-births, 185 die before the 5th birthday and all from preventable and treatable diseases such as Malaria, Pneumonia and Diarrheoa.
“Most of the aforementioned deaths are from preventable and treatable diseases such as Malaria, Pneumonia and Diarrhoea. The Survey shows that Diarrhoea and Pneumonia account for 13% and 16% respectably of the under-5 mortality rate in Kaduna state.
“In the North West, Kaduna state has the second highest percentage of under-5 mortality rate from Pneumonia. Kaduna State has 16% Under-5 Diarrhoea mortality rate, a figure that is far higher than the National average of 9%.
According to him, there was need to address the issue and as urgent as possible , adding , “The management of childhood Pneumonia and Diarrhoea should be given high priority by the state government through the Ministry of Health.
“If half of the priority given to malaria is geared towards Pneumonia and Diarrhoea treatment, more innocent lives would be saved.
“PSN is specifically advocating for the adoption and use of Amoxicillin dispersible tablet and Zinc-Low Osmolarity Oral Rehydration Salt (Zinc-Lo-ORS) co-pack as first line treatment for childhood Pneumonia and Diarrhoea respectively in line with the revised WHO/UNICEF treatment guidelines.”
In her response, the KSPHCA boss, Dr Hadiza Balarabe, said that administration of Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna state was aware of the problem and had taken proactive measures towards tackling it.