When NOTAGAIN Campaign Media team visited Igbologun, an island community in Amuwo Odofin Local Governmenr Area of Lagos State, we witnessed the helpless situation experienced by pregnant women and children in the community with respect to health care. Located close to the traditional ruler’s quarters is a Maternity Centre which appeared to be deserted as there were no patients in the facility at the time of visit.
Access to and utilization of healthcare services is related to the availability of the right type of care for those in need, financial accessibility, quality of care, geographical accessibility, and acceptability of service provided. In developing countries like Nigeria, access to quality health services in the public sector has been a universal challenge owing to the aforementioned factors. The state of the Nigerian public health system is largely dysfunctional and grossly under-funded.
The Nigerian Urban Reproductive Health Initiative (NURHI) Programme Officer, Strategic Behaviour Change, Communication, Advocacy, Demand and Generation in Oyo State, Mr Tunji Samuel on Thursday said NURHI has reduced myths and conceptions about family planning among women in the State.
Mr Samuel stated this in Ibadan in a chat with newsmen on NURHI’s success at the end of the five-day visibility/knowledge parade/rally on family planning embarked upon by NURHI in additional 5 local government areas of the state.
By Bayo Akinloye
Saving Mothers, Giving Life Initiative has concluded a week-long, global team-building meeting sponsored by the United States Agency for International Development in Calabar, Cross River State.
The five-year, $18m US government initiative is a public-private partnership that addresses the three primary delays associated with maternal and newborn health: the delay in seeking services, the delay in reaching care, and the delay in receiving high-quality care at a health facility.