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Advocates on activities that will promote health care delivery- Expert

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Advocates on activities that will promote health care delivery- Expert

By Ahmed Ahmed

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An Expert urged a Coalition, Bauchi State Accountability Mechanism for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (BaSAM) to advocate more on activities that will promote healthcare delivery in the state, just as the new leader of the Coalition emerged

Mr Hameed Adediran Optional Technical Advisor with Evidence for Action (E4A), Mamaye made the call the election of the leaders of the Coalition on Tuesday in Bauchi

He said the Coalition should engage in activities that will promote health and access to health care in communities and the larger public in the state.

Adediran in his presentation explained to BaSAM the need for good governance, roles and responsibilities of BaSAM leadership that is in line with the terms of reference.(ToR)

He stressed the need for documentation of activities and ensuring sustainability of BaSAM beyond E4A Mamaye Project.

On his part Mr Ali Bwala Senior Advisor E4A Mamaye facilitated a technical group session on self assessment of BaSAM performance.

He used the SWOT analysis which focuses on weaknesses and strength of the coalition.

According to him, that will make BaSAM stronger in carrying out it’s activities and also identify gaps for capacity building.

Our correspondent reports that BaSAM is a coalition of stakeholders drawn from health related MDAs, CSOs and the media.The coalition was supported by Evidence 4 Action, a Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation funded program tagged Mamaye Project.

The Coalition has elected new officials that will steer the ship of the organisation for the next two years.

The election, which was smooth, was conducted by a three-member electoral committee composed of BaSAM’s Ahmad Muhammad Damina, who served as the Chairman, Bulak Afsa and Aminu Mohammed.

Dr Dayyabu Hassan Muhammad of the Directorate of Planning, Research and Statistics of the Bauchi State Ministry of Health was elected unopposed as the Co-Chairman from the State Government’s side.

Ibrahim Sabo Jamma, also from the ministry of health, was elected unopposed as Deputy Co-Chairman from the Government’s side.

Ibrahim Ladan Wunti, of Community Initiatives for the Promotion of Health and Education Services (CIPHRES), polled a total vote of 13 to emerge as Co-Chairman to represent Civil Societies Organisations (CSOs) in the state after beating Abu John and Zainab Hassan Lawal who scored 7 votes each respectively.

Zainab Hassan Lawal, from African Hub, later emerged as Deputy Co-Chairperson to represent CSOs while Abu John, the erstwhile secretary of BaSAM and the Executive Director of African Community and Environmental Health Initiatives, was returned unopposed.

Muhammad Mubarak Abubakar, a Super Activist emerged as Assistant Secretary and while a Sand Anita Turaki, from the National Association of Nigerian Nurses and Midwifery, was elected unopposed as treasurer

Haruna Sulieman, from Environmental Health Officers Association, emerged unopposed as BaSAM’S financial secretary.

In his acceptance speech on behalf of the new executives, shortly after their inauguration, Mr John Abu on behalf of the elected officials, thanked members of BaSAM in the state for the confidence reposed in them to become their leaders.

Abu explained that the organization has learnt lessons since its inception; he assured that the new leadership would do its best to improve the health of women and children in the state to prevent high maternal and child mortality rates.

He said the registration of BaSAM in the state has been renewed and expressed appreciation to the Chairman of the Advocacy Sub- Committee of BaSAM for the tireless support.

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