In the News: As part of the ongoing efforts to consolidate progress line with, the Ministry of Health with WHO support, conducted a review of the RMNCAH and Ageing programs in the months of September and October 2021. A comprehensive RMNCAH & HAA Strategic plan 2022 -2026 was thus developed with support from WHO, UNICEF and UNFPA. This strategic plan will guide the implementation of Sexual and Reproductive Health, maternal and newborn health, child health, adolescent health and healthy ageing including during the COVID pandemic.
The Yusra Peace Care Foundation, an NGO, has called for the construction of delivery rooms in Durumi IDPs camp in FCT to reduce the risk of maternal and child mortality.
Dr Fahad Muhammed, who is in charge of the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) clinic, made the call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja on Friday.
During the 60th National Conference onHealth, NCH, Project Director, Nigerian Urban Reproductive Health Initiative (NURHI), Dr Mojisola Odeku, speaks about the essence of The Challenge Initiative, TCI. Excerpts.
The Challenge Initiative, TCI, is doing business in an unusual way. It’s really nothing new but a practical way of ensuring that the owners of the land take it back for themselves with us just providing the light technical assistance.
Women in Lagos State have cried out to Governor Akinwunmi Ambode over what they described as the exorbitant cost of accessing maternal healthcare in government-owned medical facilities in the state, demanding that the state government redefine the term ‘free healthcare’ which it claims to be offering to expectant women.
The Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC) commends the on-going effort by the Kano State Government in collaboration with United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) at renovating the dilapidated Dausara Primary Health Care Centre, in Ungogo Local Government Area of Kano state which had suffered from long-time policy neglect, rendering the facility monumentally inefficient to discharge maternal and child healthcare services.
Dame Okowa, wife of the Delta State Governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, has warned mothers to be the ambassadors of health for their wards by taking vaccination of their children and wards seriously or be held responsible if preventable diseases affect them.
Dame Okowa stated this in Asaba when she flagged off the second round of Maternal Newborn Child Health Week (MNCHW), reiterating that the state government had started implementing free medical care for the elderly and disabled as well as improved the free under five medical services.
The United Nations has called for the involvement of men in tackling the alarming rate of maternal and child mortality in Nigeria.
Maternal, Newborn and Child health (MNCH) Manager, UNICEF Nigeria, Dr. Linda Akondeng, stated this at a media conference organised by “The White Ribbon Alliance Nigeria” (WRAN), for the formal presentation of Jim Iyke as WRAN special Envoy/Goodwill Ambassador for MNCH in Abuja.
A member of Enugu State House of Assembly, Dr Emeka Ogbuobor, has criticised the 2007 free Maternal and Child Healthcare Programme (FMCH), describing it as ambiguous, flawed with chaos and confusion.
Ogbuobor, representing Isi-Uzo constituency and Chairman, House Committee on Health, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Enugu on Tuesday that the programme was no longer working.
Ogbuobor said that the programme needed to be revived and streamlined because its impact on the poor was enormous.
After losing her fourth child during delivery at the house of her regular traditional birth attendant (TBA), 42 year–old Kemi Ariyo contracted spiritualists to get to the root of her problems. “I was widely accused to be a witch as a result of the demise of my babies,” Kemi said. “So I approached the spiritualists who pray for pregnant women and see to the delivery of their babies”.
Ebonyi State government yesterday said it was targeting a total of 557,000 children, 139,000 pregnant women and 613, 000 women of child bearing age for the state’s immunization exercise.
The state Commissioner for Health, Dr. Daniel Umezuruike stated this at Ugbodo, the headquarters of Ebonyi local government area of Ebonyi State during the flag-off of second round of maternal/ newborn child health week in the state.