President Muhammadu Buhari’s regime is committed to improving the well-being of women, children, youth and the elderly in Nigeria, Health Minister Osagie Ehanire says.
Mr Ehanire made the statement in Abuja at the first biannual meeting on Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn, Adolescent and Elderly Health and Nutrition (RMNCAEH+N).
Launched in October 2020, RMNCAEH+N is a multi-stakeholder partnership coordination platform to harmonize federal and health partner health interventions to reduce waste and channel resources to achieve the desired outcome of achieving universal health coverage.
Mr. Ehanire said that maternal and child health is a strategic measure of national development and remains topical in global development priorities.
“I note the modest strides we’ve made since launching this platform, such as: B. developing an annual operational plan at about 90 percent completion,” said the health minister. “Other notable achievements include increased partnership with parastatal agencies of the federal Department of Health such as the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) and the National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA).”
He explained that “these partnerships were demonstrated through the harmonization of the Community Health Influencers, Promoters and Services (CHIPS) program launched during the PHC Summit.”
The minister also mentioned that under the RMNCAEH+N commitments, Mr. Buhari’s regime is working to ensure the availability of family planning products and services by initiating the FP2030 commitment.
“We are optimistic that Nigeria will achieve its vision with a strategy that empowers eligible citizens to make informed decisions. These eligible individuals include youth, young people and vulnerable populations,” Mr Ehanire said.