Nigeria rolls out strategies to boost maternal and child health

The Federal Government through the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) has rolled out four new strategies to boost polio eradication drive, strengthen routine immunization and ensure revitalization of primary health care centres in the country.
To this end, the Federal Government through the Federal Ministry of Health (FMOH) has signed an agreement with the European Union for a €70 million grant targeted at improving maternal, newborn and child health, strengthening Nigeria’s health system and supporting ongoing efforts to eradicate polio. According to the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) website, fifty million euro of the grant aims to ensure that by 2020, Adamawa, Bauchi and Kebbi states of Nigeria have functional primary health care centres, providing round-the-clock services to three million children under the age of five years as well as to almost a million pregnant women and lactating mothers. The Executive Director and Chief Executive of NPHCDA, Dr. Faisal Shuaib, have said while receiving the new World Health Organization (WHO) Country Representative in Nigeria, Dr. Alemu Wondi, outlined a four-point agenda of his administration.
They are repositioning the Agency with a culture of zero tolerance to corruption and efficient service delivery, concluding polio eradication, strengthening routine immunization and ensuring the success of Primary Health Care Revitalization in Nigeria,” he said. Faisal explained that President Muhammadu Buhari and the Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole had both provided him required enabling environment for a transparent, accountable and result-oriented leadership that would enable him work with his team to restore partners’ confidence in the Agency.
Raheem has expressed gratitude to Honorable Justice Esowe at the NICN, Abuja, her judgment on Friday February 17, 2017, where she expressly directed the Chief Medical Director (CMD) and the Director of Administration (DA) of Jos University Teaching Hospital (JUTH), Prof. Edmund Bangwas and Alibitrus respectively to within 30 days, remove all pathologists and all persons not allowed by the LFN cap m25, LFN 2004.
According to the National president, “The directive to the Hon. Minister of Health compelling him to issue a circular to all CMDs and MDs of tertiary health institutions in Nigeria is not an impossible task, if the Minister of health, Prof. Isaac F. Adewole is to demonstrate his concern for the rule of law in Nigeria.”

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