FG is committed to improving the health of women, children and adolescents — Minister of Health

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The Federal Government is committed to improving the welfare of women, children, adolescents and the elderly in Nigeria, Health Minister Osagie Ehanire said.

Ehanire made this known in Abuja at the first bi-annual meeting on Reproductive Health for Maternal, Newborn, Adolescent and Elderly Plus Nutrition (RMNCAEH+N.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the RMNCAEH+N, which was launched in October 2020, is a multi-stakeholder partnership coordination platform that would harmonize government and health partner health interventions to reduce wastage and channel funds to get the desired result. to achieve universal health care coverage.

The platform brings together a wider range of partners and traditional leaders to bridge the gaps in achieving effective global coordination of RMNCAEH+N issues by leveraging the relative strengths of individual actors to leverage resources, reduce duplication and accelerate the maximization of health outcomes.

Ehanire said maternal and child health was a strategic measure of national development and remained on the global development agenda.

“I note the modest progress we have made since launching this platform, such as developing an annual operating plan at approximately 90% completion.

“Other notable achievements include strengthening the partnership with parastatals of the Federal Ministry of Health such as the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) and the National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA).

“These partnerships were demonstrated by the Community Health Influencers, Promoters and Services (CHIPS) Alignment Program, which was launched at the PHC Summit.

“We also inaugurated the ministerial committee on the provision of health insurance for pensioners and the elderly, which ensures that the elderly are not left behind, and the report has been submitted,” he said. he declares.

The minister said that as part of the RMNCAEH+N commitments, the federal government is working to ensure the availability of family planning products and services, launching the FP2030 commitment.

He said the commitment was to increase national funding and sustainable financing through the allocation of one percent of health budgets, federal and state.

“We are optimistic that Nigeria will achieve its vision with a strategy that empowers eligible citizens to make informed choices.

“These eligible people include adolescents, young people and vulnerable populations. They will be able to make informed choices and have equitable and affordable access to quality family planning and participate in national development.

“That’s the goal of the FP2030 pledge,” he said.

NAN reports that the RMNCAEH+N platform brings together a wider range of partners and traditional leaders to bridge gaps in achieving effective global coordination on issues by harnessing the relative strengths of individual actors to leverage resources, reduce duplication and speed up implementation. maximized health outcomes.

(NOPE)

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