At most PMTCT sites in Nigeria, family planning services are offered as part of the PMTCT programme centred on antenatal care and maternal and child health services. Part of the package is family planning counselling and information on contraceptive methods.
Generally, family planning counselling and services are part of PMTCT routine care services for all pregnant women, irrespective of their HIV status clients.
Maternal and child health
As part of effort to reduce maternal mortality in the country, the federal government has launched the Nigeria Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn, Child, Adolescent and Elderly Health Plus Nutrition (RMNCAEH+N) platform.
The platform seeks to improve the well-being of women, children, adolescents and elderly in Nigeria, according to the Minister of Health, Osagie Ehanire.
Mr Ehanire, while speaking at the launch on Monday, said the challenges of the country’s health system are multidimensional and require an integrated, multi-sectoral approach.
The increasing cases of Ebola in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) was of concern to international health experts last week. The current outbreak in the Central African country has claimed about 2,000 lives since it started in August 2018.
On August 31, Nigeria joined other African countries to celebrate Africa Traditional Medicine Day. On that occasion, Nigeria Minister of State for Health, Olorunnimbe Mamora, called for the study of African herbal medicine in Nigerian universities.
Breastfeeding Protects Infants From Childhood Illnesses — Experts
As World Breastfeeding Week is observed, medical experts have urged mothers to breastfeed their babies, as breast milk provides infants with needed nutrients.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) recommends exclusive breastfeeding, starting within one hour after birth until a baby is six months old. Nutritious complementary foods should then be added, while continuing to breastfeed for up to two years or beyond.
There are no specific budget lines for family planning at the states, the Country Director of Health Policy Plus (HP+) Project Nigeria, Onoriode Ezire, has said.
Quoting a policy brief “Evidence and Advocacy: Unlocking Resources for Family Planning in Nigeria” published by his organization, he said instead, family planning was integrated in the general reproductive health budget.
The project, funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development, (USAID) and implemented by Palladium among others conducted a qualitative assessment of the family planning policy and funding landscape nationally and in Bauchi, Sokoto, and Ebonyi states in 2016.
The Federation of Muslim Women's Association in Nigeria (FOMWAN) has taken its advocacy on maternal and child health to the palace of the Akran of Badagry as well as the Muslim community.
Addressing journalists at his palace, the Akran of Badagry, Wheno Aholu Menu-Toyi, said: “I assure you that your request will be granted because we are for the people. As far as we are concerned, we will make sure that we speak with the government, members of the House and all the notable people in the community to make sure that what you are advocating is realised.