FG Inaugurates Technical Working Group on National Malaria and RMNCAH+N.

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The Federal Government has inaugurated a Technical Working Group (TWG) on  National Malaria – Reproductive Maternal, Newborn, Child and Adolescent Health plus Nutrition (RMNCAH+N).

The Group is charged with ensuring that Malaria and Reproductive, Maternal, Child and Adolescent Health plus Nutrition Interventions are implemented in an integrated manner that would provide useful input and benefit to the Nigerian Health System.

The Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole said the action become imperative given that Maternal, Newborn and Child Health indices have not improved as expected, despite several inputs by Government and Partners.

He further revealed that ‘‘ a critical analysis of the Maternal, New born and Child Health landscape of Nigeria show a weak coordination among stakeholders, an important factor that may be partly responsible for this poor outcomes’’

The Minister noted that  ‘‘ the findings called for renewed efforts by Government and Stakeholders to put in place all-inclusive structure that would allow effective stakeholders engagements and lead to the establishment of the National Malaria – RMNCAH+N TWG’’.

‘‘The Global Community has identified that effective integration of Health Intervention with routine service delivery is necessary to improve the coverage equity and quality of health interventions’’ he says

He tasked the Group to be committed and show leadership for all health interventions and guarantee inclusion of a broader base of stakeholders to ensure its smooth coordination.

The responsibility of the technical working group include: Strengthening the Coordination between Malaria and RMNCH+N programs, Mobilizing and Leveragimg existing resources to increase demand and uptake of Malaria and RMNCH Services and improve quality of Malaria related RMNCH+N Services.

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