BY DORCAS EDET
According to the World Health Organisation, maternal health refers to the health of women during pregnancy, childbirth and the postnatal period. It is expected that each of these stages would be a positive experience so as to ensure that both mother and child are in optimum health at the end of the day. To achieve this, amongst other things, mothers need to be able to access quality health services rendered by health professionals during the stages involved in motherhood.
BY DORCAS EDET
President Muhammadu Buhari has decried the poor performance of the National Health Insurance Scheme, NHIS, which was introduced by the Obasanjo administration to assist Nigerian workers and their families have access to quality healthcare.
The President spoke when he flagged-off the Primary Health Care revitalization programme in Kuchingoro, a suburb of the Federal Capital Territory.
A modern Maternal and Child Health Centre built with the support of Japanese Government in Abaji Community, FCT, would start operations in November.
President of the Brethren in Nigeria, (a Religious organisation), Rev. Joel Billi told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on the side line of the inauguration and handover of the clinic to Abaji Community, FCT.
Billi also said that a medical committee set up by the church had begun the process of recruiting medical personnel.
“We wrote a proposal to the Japanese Embassy requesting for sponsorship of the project to build the healthcare facility. The Japanese Government made available about 16 million naira for the project from the inception, minus staffing.
“Medical personnel would be recruited; we have plans to recruit medical doctors, but we are going to make use of visiting doctors come from time to time,” he said.
He said that by next week, recruitment will start and by the first week of November, the hospital would have taken off completely, as equipment provided would be put in place to ensure the smooth running of the hospital.
He further said that a committee comprising the church, the community and the local government would be set up to ensure proper and efficient management of the facility.
He expressed gratitude to the Japanese Government for its contributions to grassroots projects in the country.
The Japanese Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr Sadanobu Kusaoke, who spoke earlier, reiterated that the Japanese Government had supported 152 projects with $10.4 million since 1998 in various sectors in the country.
Kusaoke was represented by the Medical Attache of the Japanese embassy, Mr Yoshiharu Furuichi.
The envoy said “promoting resilient health system” was one of Japan’s priority areas identified at the at sixth Tokyo International Conference on African Development.
“In the project for the construction of Gbogbodo Maternal and Child Health Centre, we are handing over a medical centre, a block of toilets and bathrooms, several medical equipment and a borehole.
“I believe that these provisions will contribute to better access to medical services and hygienic water supply in Abaji,” he said.
Lack of proper adoption of family planning methods among Nigerians leads to 610,000 abortions annually in Nigeria says jhpiego.
Addressing pressmen in Abuja on October 20, 2016, Emmanuel Otolorin, the country director of Jhpiego, an international non-profit health organization affiliated to Johns Hopkins University stated that 36 million abortions occur worldwide annually. And Nigeria accounts for 610,000 of the act.
Ahead of the launch of “Momentum at the Midpoint 2015-2016’’, the Family Planning 2020’s (FP2020) has announced a telephone news conference on Nov. 1, to highlight the event.
The facilitators of the event, FP2020, said this in an invitation e-mailed to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Thursday in Abuja.
It explained that the briefing was designed to scale up stakeholders awareness on the FP2020 fourth annual progress report.