Nigeria put mechanisms in place to cut maternal deaths

Nigeria will reduce maternal mortality and eliminate mother-to-child transmission of HIV/AIDS within three years, a top official said Friday.


Minister of Health Isaac Adewole gave the assurance in Abuja, the nation’s capital city at the 10th year anniversary of Population Council International (PCI), a None Governmental Organization (NGO).

maternalThe minister also renewed the government’s resolve to improve child survival in the next three years.

“We will improve child survival, eliminate mother-to-child transmission in three years, and we will implement test and treatment nationwide this year,” Adewole said.
He said though, the 2016 budget might not take us to where we really want to be, there is something there that shows some seriousness as a nation.

“Under this administration, we shall keep up with our obligations, we have defaulted for years, but we shall keep up; we will not want to become a debtor ministry,” he added.

“To further enhance healthcare delivery and attain improved Sustainable Development Goals by 2030, the government had articulated a vision to achieve Universal Health Coverage (UHC),” Adewole said.

He said that the approach would increase access to healthcare services, reduce exposure of citizens to financial catastrophe and ensure satisfaction with the healthcare received.
According to him, federal government will rapidly scale up the functionality of at least one Primary Health Care facility per political ward in the country. Enditem

Source: Xinhua

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