FMoH reaffirms commitment to actualising SDGs 3, 5– Minister




The Federal Ministry of Health (FMOH) says it is committed to realising global commitments on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs 3 and 5) and attainment of Universal Health Coverage (UHC): “Leaving No One Behind”.

The Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire, made the assertion  on Friday in Abuja at a media  briefing on the high-level platform called, “The Nigeria Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn, Child Adolescent and Elderly Health Plus Nutrition (RMNCAEH+N) Multi-Stakeholder Partnership  Coordination  Platform” .

Ehanire said that the platform would be unveiled officially at the  Transcorp Hilton  Hotel on Monday, Oct. 12, 2020.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that activities to unveil the The Nigeria Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn, Child Adolescent and Elderly Health Plus Nutrition (RMNCAEH+N) Multi-Stakeholder Partnership  Coordination  Platform started on Friday  and will culminate on Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2020.

The minister said that the issues that confront the health of the family in Nigeria were multi-pronged adding that  it required an integrated, multi-sectoral approach, considering the fact that  “No one institution can handle the task”.

“From experience, we recognise that partnership for cooperation and collaboration is key, and that coordination of efforts can be a challenge.

“But the past partnerships for IMNCH at lower levels have now evolved to this high-level platform we are launching today. We have learned from the past and  are now well equipped and emboldened to forge ahead.

“Since the launch of the Maternal Newborn and Child Health (MNCH) strategy in 2007, the National MNCH Partnership (PMNCH) has been coordinated by the Core Technical Committee (CTC).

“This led to establishment of the Technical Working Groups for each programmatic area in the Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn, Child, Adolescent and Elderly Health Plus Nutrition (RMNCAEH +N) spectrum,” he said.

According to him, all the technical working groups have been established and are functioning smoothly but added that  gaps exist in achieving overall coordination of RMNCAEH+N in the country.

“The emergence of new issues around gender, public health emergencies and, most recently, Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, with attendant limitations in providing access to equitable quality RMNCAEH+N services, has become an area of concerns for global health and security.

“There is no doubt that the COVID-19 pandemic had its toll on routine health care delivery around the world and at the initial phase, severely impacted RMNCAH+N services in Nigeria.

“However, lessons learnt from the COVID-19 pandemic are being utilised to strengthen our health system and reposition it for more resilience.

“To improve health and wellbeing of the vulnerable across population life cycle of children, adolescents, women and the elderly,” he said.

According to him, investment in the health and wellbeing of women, children, adolescent and the elderly is   worthwhile.

“It  will support overall socio- economic development of  the  country since the health indices of a country relate with the health of women and children.’’

He noted that   Nigeria  health indices were unacceptably poor, with a Maternal Mortality Ratio of 512 per 1000 live births, Under-five Mortality Rate of 132 per 1000 live births and Neonatal Mortality Rate of 39 per 1000 livebirths.

“We have made modest progress toward improvement of child survival and safe-motherhood through provision of ready-to-use therapeutic food and sustaining FP2020 commitments to ensure availability of family planning services to women of reproductive age amongst other things.

“In addition, operationalisation of the National Health Act and the Basic Health Care Provision Fund will greatly improve access to quality health care for the vulnerable, particularly at the PHC level.

“In realisation of our vision to achieve UHC, while leaving no one behind, the Federal Ministry of Health is repositioning its approach to partnership to maximise impact for better outcomes,” he said.

The minister said that the FG  had resolved to establish a Nigeria Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn, Child, Adolescent and Elderly Health Plus Nutrition (RMNCAEH+N) Multi-Stakeholder Partnership Coordination Platform .

“The vision for this multi-stakeholder coordination platform is to harness the relative strengths of the diverse stakeholders and create opportunities to leverage resources to maximise outcomes for attainment of our shared vision for Nigerians, particularly the vulnerable population.

“The motto, `Partnering for Wellbeing of Women, Children, Adolescents, and the Elderly’, encapsulates the core values that drive UHC with the aim of leaving no one behind.

“Our responsibility for the well-being of Women Children, Adolescent and Elderly takes cognizance of their roles in national development since, they constitute a significant proportion of the Nigerian populace.

“However, the shared vision must be driven by stakeholders carefully drawn with criteria, among which are passion and track record of work related to the wellbeing of women, children, adolescent and/or the elderly,” he explained.

Also, the Permanent Secretary of Federal Ministry of Health, Mr Abdulaziz Mashi Abdullahi, said :“This is a robust partnership for RMNCAEH+N towards addressing the multi-pronged issues affecting attainment of UHC.

“As the Honorable Minister of Health is set to constitute a new RMNCAEH+N Multi-Stakeholder Partnership Coordination Platform to respond to over-all RMNCAEH+N coordination issues,” he said.

Abdullahi said that the platform would be drawn from a wide cross-sector membership.

It will include but not limited to governments, parliamentarians, media, regulatory bodies, philanthropists and donors, development organizations, academia and professional bodies, pressure groups, traditional and religious institutions, private sector, women groups, civil society among others.

He noted that the prevailing COVID-19 pandemic provided the opportunity for mix-approach to be utilised where panelists and selected representatives of stakeholder groups would be physically present while the bulk of participants would feature in the virtual space. 

Edited By: Shittu Obassa/ Vivian Ihechu
Source: NAN

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