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FG priotises quality care to improve family health

By Abujah Racheal

The Federal Ministry of Health (FMOH) said it was prioritizing quality of care as a key strategy to improve maternal and newborn health in the country.

He said that having learned from this, FMOH was now in the process of expanding this to cover older children and adolescents.

Health Minister Dr Osagie Ehanire said Thursday in Abuja during the 2021 session of the Multi-stakeholder Partnership Coordination Platform for Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn, and Child Health. ‘child, adolescent and elderly plus nutrition (RMNCAEH + N).

The Nigerian News Agency reports that the FMOH inaugurated the coordination platform of the multi-stakeholder partnership RMNCAEH + N on October 12, 2020.

The platform should help achieve universal health coverage as well as sustainable development goals in the country.

The platform was also made up of a wide range of cross-sectoral members, which includes, but is not limited to, governments, parliamentarians, the media, regulators, philanthropists and donors, organizations of development, universities and professional bodies.

Ehanire, represented by the Director of the Department of Family Health, FMOH, Dr Salma Kolo, said Nigeria has made considerable progress in the area of ​​child and maternal health.

“We can say with confidence that we have made significant progress, scoring points on our main resolution on this platform, which is to ensure global coordination with a focus on creating synergies, aversion to duplication, complementarity of efforts, leveraging additional resources and maximizing impact on results, “he said.

The Minister congratulated the leadership of the small group, His Royal Highness, Dr Haliru Yahaya, the Emir of Tsonga and Dr Edugie Abebe.

He said leaders of the core group have attended all sessions over the past four quarters to see that it is fulfilling its coordination mandates and providing technical direction to the subcommittees.

“I am happy to inform members that in the beginning a key deliverable from the core group was the development of an annual operational plan for RMNCAEH + N, which was launched in March of this year, and forms our basis. evaluation today.

“The plan is not intended to replace existing regular work plans, but to address specific bottlenecks identified in the delivery of quality services to women, children, adolescents and the elderly, including health programs. nutrition and health, ”Ehanire said.

He also said the ministry has started to implement the plan by looking inward for better internal coordination and cohesion by creating platforms for interaction between departments and programs.

Notable among these is the retreat involving program managers from the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) and the Department of Family Health which has significantly smoothed government operations and confronts the spirit of virtualization that forces people to work in silos.

“It is instructive for us to see that in this space of one year, the technical working groups by program have been considerably restructured and repositioned for better performance.

“These include the Technical Working Group on Child Health, the Working Group on Reproductive Health and Family Planning, the Technical Working Group on Adolescents, the Nutrition Partnership, the Advocacy Forum. of health and the partnership on healthy aging, ”said the Minister.

Earlier in his welcome address, Permanent Secretary Mr. Mallam Mahmuda said that one year was enough time to assess what the ministry had been able to achieve in terms of coordination, resource mobilization, data of quality technical delivery, information management and responsibility in Delivery RMNCAEH + N.

Mahmuda, who was also represented by the Director of Reproductive Health, Dr Kayode Afolabi, said the purpose of the meeting was to discuss the challenges and come up with solutions to make a quick but candid review of the quality issues of provision of RMNCAEH + N.

“In addition, it has undoubtedly been a difficult year for all given the COVID 19 epidemic which has taken its toll on virtually every activity around the world.

“However, we would like to thank the RMNCAEH + N secretariat for putting all the necessary efforts to move the platform forward.

“The work is just beginning and we need to work together to move the agenda forward.

“Therefore, the Federal Ministry of Health, for its part, remains committed to providing the enabling environment and the desired partnership to improve technical quality RMNCAEH + N delivery services.” He reiterated.

Yahaya, Emir of Tsonga, said the subcommittees are responsible for executing the relevant terms of reference and providing feedback to the general body at the annual meeting.

Source: NAN

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