The Osun State Government has been tasked to establish a Health Security Trust Fund to address both the current health security crisis and prepare for future disease outbreaks.
Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) and other critical stakeholders in the health sector, made the call as part of recommendations at the end of a two-day review and validation meeting of COVID-19 and Health Security Accountability Scorecards with Young People and the Media, organised by the African Health Budget Network (AHBN).
The scorecard was developed to report CSO’s review of Osun State’s capacity and preparedness to respond to health security and COVID-19 issues.
Other recommendations by the CSOs and stakeholders include a call for the Osun State government to map resources and institutionalize financing mechanisms for health security including COVID-19 equitable recovery.
They also charged CSOs working in Osun to constructively engage and collaborate with the State Ministry of Health to monitor/track allocation, donors support, loans and government releases for health security and COVID-19.
They asked the State Primary Healthcare Development Agency should strengthen community and CSO’s involvement to increase utilization of COVID-19 vaccines, improve routine immunization performance and support factual public information on COVID-19 in the state