- The Nigerian government through the federal ministry of health on Tuesday, April 23, inaugurated 11 strategic health documents
- The move is aimed towards reversing infant and maternal mortality indices in the country
- The documents would also address pertinent issues relating to gender and rights of persons living with disability
The federal ministry of health in collaboration with its partners on Tuesday, April 23, inaugurated 11 strategic health documents towards reversing infant and maternal mortality indices in the country.
The documents which are also aimed at improving the rights of persons living with disability in Nigeria was inaugurated by the minister of health, Professor Isaac Adewole, on Tuesday, April 23 in Abuja.
Professor Adewole said the documents would provide policy direction for stakeholders on reproductive, maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health service delivery.
He also said the documents would address pertinent issues relating to gender and rights of persons living with disability.
His words: “The documents have been designed to address emerging issues and to adopt evidence-based practices that have been implemented at scale to address the sexual and reproductive health challenges of adolescents, women and persons living with disabilities.’’
He said the 198 million population of Nigeria had adolescents and women contributing significantly to the figure.
He described the health and well-being of adolescents and women as very important to government, while reiterating that the federal government was committed to providing comprehensive and integrated sexual and reproductive health services for all Nigerians.
“It is in keeping with our determination to make further progress with the scale-up of on-going interventions that we are gathered here today to launch these key documents.
“I strongly believe that their implementation will facilitate the achievement of our set targets,’’ he said.
Speaking at the event, the executive director of Disability Rights Advocacy Center (DRAC), Dr Irene Ojiugo Patrick-Ogbogu, said the 25 million Nigerian living with disability are looking forward to the implementation of the policy.
“It will make a meaningful impact in the lives of persons with disabilities generally, especially in view of the fact that the disability act has just been signed into law by the president.
“So, I'd like to, on behalf of all persons living with disabilities across the country, commend the honourable minister and his team for this great honour done to persons with disabilities,’’ she said.
Legit.ng gathered that DRAC was one of the key partners that supported the production and launching of these policy documents.
There were also goodwill messages from representatives of WHO, UNFPA, DFID, USAID amongst others.
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On Thursday, March 14, DRAC launched a simplified version of the Discrimination Against Persons with Disabilities (Prohibition) Act.
Dr Patrick-Ogbogu in her opening remarks explained that it is not enough to sign the Act without implementation but its implementation will not only be a victory to people living with disbilities but to the society at large.
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