FG Launches Policy Documents on Reproductive and Maternal Health

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By Chika Onyesi

Key policy documents that will address the reproductive and maternal health needs of women and girls, have been unveiled by the federal government.

The documents are expected to give policy direction to all stakeholders on reproductive, maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health service delivery.

It would also stimulate action among government and communities at all levels in the nation’s health care delivery system

Among the documents launched is the National Policy on the Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights of Persons with Disability with emphasis on Women and Girls.

According to the Minister of health, Prof. Isaac Adewale, there is a special emphasis on people with disability, as the document will help address relevant issues relating to gender and rights of persons living with disability.

Other policy documents launched include;

The National Strategic Framework for the Elimination of Obstetric Fistula in Nigeria 2019 – 2023; expected to provide direction for expanding quality obstetric fistula care through preventive, curative and rehabilitative interventions at all levels of healthcare service delivery.

Orientation Package for Health Care Providers “FMOH 2018 ANC Model; developed to ensure that every pregnant woman and newborn receives quality care.

DMPA-SC, A Guide for Trainers January 2019; to provide a guide for the training of nearly 300,000 health provider providers by 2022.

National Guidelines for the Introduction and scale up of National Depot Medroxyprogesterone Acetate-Subcutaneous (DMPA-SC) Self Injection, January 2019; to help Nigeria accelerate progress towards achieving its CPR target.

Task Shifting/Task Sharing Policy December, 2018; this policy will help accelerate the progress towards the achievementt of Sustainable Development Goal 3.

Prof Adewale says the documents became necessary considering that Nigeria has just over one year to go in its push to achieve the FP2020 goals.

The policy documents will now serve advocacy and resource mobilization tools towards achieving the goals.

‘‘Last year, the Government of Nigeria updated our country’s FP2020 commitment at the Family Planning Summit in London. Because of the role family planning plays in improving health outcomes for women and children, we pledged to work with our Partners including the private sector, to achieve a modern Contraceptive Prevalence Rate (mCPR) of 27% among all women by 2020’’. Prof. Adewale

‘‘While we are delighted that as a country, we have made some progress over the years in the scale up of critical interventions that have significant impact on improving the sexual and reproductive health outcomes of adolescents and women in the country, a lot still needs to be done’’.

According to the minister of health “The launch of these critical documents provides us with the opportunity to recommit to fulfilling our pledge to global and national treaties in ensuring universal access to sexual and reproductive health services as a fundamental human right’’

Meanwhile, the WHO, officer in Charge, Mr. Clement Peters has pledged to ensure that the policies are implemented.

‘‘We will ensure that the implementation of these documents is effectively adapted, through provision of technical expertise, guidelines most importantly by engaging with the government to assist in evaluation and monitoring at the implementation level.”

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