Nigeria News Agency reports that the coalition is a group of professionals in diverse fields advocating improved maternal and child healthcare.
Malam Alhassan Yaya, Chairman of the coalition,gave the advice in an interview with the Nigeria News Agency in Gombe on Thursday.
He said allocating substantial part of the budget to health sector was the only way to address the lingering challenges related to health issues like malnutrition, maternal and neonatal mortality, among others.
In April 2001, the African Union countries met and pledged to allocate at least, 15 per cent of their annual budget to health sector.
“We want to urge Gov. Yahaya to allocate 15 per cent of Gombe state budget to health sector.
“This is the only way to address the lingering problems in health sector like malnutrition, Maternal and child mortality.
“Seventy per cent of the budget should be domicile under the State Primary Health Care Development Agency, the agency is more concerned with preventive measures,” he said.
He commended President Muhammadu Buhari for increasing the 2020 budget to N46 billion to the health sector as against N35 billion in 2019.
Yaya, who expressed optimism that the increase would go a long way in reducing the problems associated with the sector, called on other state Governors to follow suit.(NAN)
Edited by Zainab Garba/Dada Ahmed