The Partnership for Advocacy in Child and Family Health (PACFAH) has called on the federal government to also consider eliminating childhood diseases such as Pneumonia and Diarrhoea.
This is because about 23 percent of infant mortality has been linked to the duo.
Programme Manager HERFON, Dr. Hassana Adamu has said only 13.9 percent of women of reproductive age in Nasarawa state, have access to contraceptives which is far below the national target of 26 percent.
Adamu who said there is need to scale up the budget for family planning, attributed the low adoption rate in Nasarawa State to lack of policy guidelines and poor budget allocation in the State.
The Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN) under the Partnership for Advocacy in Child and Family Health (PACFaH) Project in Nigeria has called on the federal government to mainstream the interventions along with other eradications programs such as malaria, tuberculosis, polio, nutrition, family planning, HIV/AIDS among others.
This is even as the the body is also calling on the federal government to increase the budgetary allocations for the health sector and also allocate more resources to reduce the increasing death rate of childhood pneumonia.
The lives of over 7.2 million Nigerian Children are on the line as the Minister of Finance withholds the release of N12.8bn approved for routine immunization, five months after the President’s accent to the 2016 budget.
This was revealed during a CSO/Media training by Community Health and Research Initiative (CHR) with support from the Partnership for Advocacy in Child and Family Health (PACFaH).
According to the Civil Society Organisations (CSOs), routine immunization protects the lives of Nigerian children from vaccine preventable diseases and death.