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FG to boost partnership with stakeholders on non-communicable diseases - Minister

FG to boost partnership with stakeholders on non-communicable diseases - Minister

- The federal government is collaborating with all the relevant stakeholders on non-communicable diseases

- The minister of health, Professor Isaac Adewole, said the health ministry has particularly focused on prevention of non-communicable diseases

- The the Centre for communication and Social Impact is adopting a rural Fulani community in Abuja, Rugan Hardo, as its Corporate Social Responsibility

The federal government has pledged to boost partnership with stakeholders on non-communicable diseases

This was revealed by the minister of health, Professor Isaac Adewole, through his representative at an event in Abuja, Adebimpe Adebiyi, director family health at the federal ministry of health.

Adebiyi was speaking at the 10th year anniversary of a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), Centre for communication and Social Impact (CCSI), on Monday, September 24 in Abuja.

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She said: “The federal ministry of health has particularly focused on prevention of non-communicable diseases and the way to do that is to collaborate with all the relevant stakeholders,” adding that, “we are proud of our partnership with the Centre for communication and Social Impact in this regard."

On its part, the CCSI said it is adopting a rural Fulani community in Abuja, Rugan Hardo, as its Corporate Social Responsibility to provide social amenities and Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) facilities including borehole and toilets.

Babafunke Fagbemi, the executive director, said CCSI went into the community to provide mosquito nets but found that the community needs more of WASH amenities.She expressed CCSI determination to use strategic communication to improve community behaviour change .

“We have inspired change as we have strengthened our network and partnership, working in communities and providing the conducive environment that engendered behaviour change.

“Our goal has been to make sure our work and campaigns support and complement government as we make our contribution towards attainment of its health and development priority," Fagbemi said.

She said that the organisation had supported communication efforts of government at state and national levels by participating to drive the Social Behaviour Change Communication (SBCC) agenda.

Fagbemi said that the organisation had conducted several customised capacity building opportunities for different stakeholders. She said that the organisation’s vision was to be centre of excellence in strategic communications in Africa, adding that the organisation would also create demand for improved quality of service.

“We will build institutional and individual capacity to implement strategic communication and development activities,” she said.

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Ike Osakwe, chairman, Board of Trustee of the organisation, said the community and the NGO were in partnership due to the lack of basic amenities. He said the partnership started in 2017, stressing that the organisation had been able to assist the community in many ways before now.

Meanwhile, more than 100 communities in Niger state have been submerged following the overflow of the River Niger.

Farmlands and houses have also been destroyed, leaving residents of the affected communities homeless.

In reaction, the Niger state governor, Abubakar Bello, has visited the communities with other members of the state executive to find ways of relocating the residents from the area.

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