Nasarawa Govt, NGO launches state family planning strategy.
The Nasarawa State Government in partnership with Pathfinder International Nigeria, an NGO, has launched the State Family Planning Costed Implementation Plan.
Dr Daniel Iya, the state Commissioner for Health, assisted by Dr Habeeb Salami, Associate Director, Pathfinder International, and other health stakeholders launched the document on Tuesday at the state Ministry of Health in Lafia.
Iya said the launch of the implementation plan demonstrated the commitment of health stakeholders to improving healthcare delivery and reducing maternal mortality in the state.
“This is an important meeting for two reasons; first, it is about health and without health we cannot do anything.
“Secondly, the group of people we are talking about are our mothers and our children.
“They are often the people that suffer whether it is the issue of security that we are presently witnessing.
“So it is important we all pay critical attention to issues of security and issues of health particularly issues of the vulnerable groups among us,” he said.
He commended the NGO and other partners for their support and assured that the state government would play its role in ensuring that the plan was implemented and sustained for the benefit of women and children.
“I believe that the stakeholders that are gathered here will come together in unity to achieve the goals of the implementation plan which is reducing the mortality rate of our women and children,” he said.
Salami also commended officials of the ministry of health for giving the NGO and other partners the opportunity to partner on the implementation plan.
He affirmed that the document, which his organisation has been going round the country to advocate and help implement, would help address the issues of maternal mortality in the state and reduce mortality rate to about 30 per cent.
“The document has a very critical purpose in terms of the state programming for family planning.
“It is a three-year work plan looking out what the state strategy is all about in terms of family planning and it is also costed.
“So it provides an avenue for you on an annual basis when you are developing your budget to have a basis to include family planning in your budget.
“Like the commissioner said, it is our women who bear the brunt the most and this is the least we can do for them to support them,” he said.
On his part, Mr Mohammed Okpede, member representing Doma North Constituency at the Nasarawa state House of Assembly, congratulated the ministry and her partners for coming up with the plan.
Okpede, who is also the Chairman, House Committee on Health, pledged that the state legislature would support the plan with enabling laws that would make the implementation smooth and successful.
“For the purpose of the launch of this family implementation plan, I want to inform this house that the Bill on Family Planning has passed the first reading at the Nasarawa State House of Assembly and when we resume, we are going to pass it into law,” he said.