Cross River Takes Lead In Implementation As FG launches Reproductive Maternal NewBorn Child and Elderly Health
At a national meeting of key stakeholders in the health sector and the media on the best strategy to change the negative narrative surrounding maternal and child mortality, as well as poor indices in the country’s health sector, while taking into account some success stories from states such as Cross River, Lagos, Jigawa, and others that will serve as best practice for the rest of the country
Despite the government’s efforts and donor funding, maternal and child mortality rates have continued to rise in Nigeria. Reduced maternal and infant mortality, as well as the creation of a health system capable of drastically changing the current situation, are also urgently needed. These were the key topics discussed at the Nigeria Reproductive Maternal Newborn Adolescent Elderly Health plus Nutrition (RMNCAEH+N) Multi-Stakeholder Partnership Coordination Platform’s First Quarter 2021 meeting (MSPCP). The meeting’s goals are to educate and campaign for media CEOs on their positions and obligations in improving the health and well-being of women, girls, adolescents, and the elderly in order to achieve the RMNCAEH+N strategy’s aim in Nigeria. RMNCAEH+N MSP Coordination Platform 2021 AOP and RMNCAEH+N COVID-19 Response Continuity Plan 2020-2022 were also distributed at the gathering.
Dr. Osagie, the Honorable Minister of Health, has called for an increase in health promotion across the country as a method for improving health indices. He promised states that the federal government will support the creation of a Department of Family Health at state health ministries, as well as a health promotion unit. He went on to say that in order to achieve Universal Health Coverage, the country’s policy must shift and all hands must be on deck through groundbreaking systems such as emergency ambulance services. Senator Mamora, the state’s minister of health, emphasized the importance of the media in promoting quality health care. He praised the role they played in the COVID-19 response and requested that similar constructive efforts be extended to maternal and child health in order to achieve the required improvements.
At the event, Dr Betta Edu, the National Chairman of the Nigerian Health Commissioner Forum, called on the Federal Government to work towards system strengthening at all levels, saying that in order to achieve Universal Health Care and reduce maternal mortality, new strategies must be implemented, and the health sector must be decentralized from Abuja to state-based implementation. The problem of human resources for wellness, as well as a universal health care scheme, are important goals that must be met. Health promotion must extend beyond traditional print and electronic media to include other types of media that our people can relate to in their villages and communities. Implementation at the lower levels should receive more attention. A bottom-up strategy would help to improve the country’s low health indices.
Others who spoke included the Health Ambassador and traditional leader Dr Iyaha, who praised states such as Cross River, Lagos, and Jigawa for their many innovative programs aimed at reducing maternal and child mortality, including the implementation of a health insurance scheme, collaboration with transport associations to transport pregnant women in labor to health facilities, and upgrading of health facilities. the Dean of Media, who urged the Federal Ministry of Health to communicate with the media more often to provide more health knowledge regarding ongoing interventions.
The minister of Health launched the RMNCAEH + N operating plan for 2021, which was a highlight.
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