The minister noted that the Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (MNCH) has been set aside specially to deliver a package of key maternal, newborn and child survival interventions that have been proven to reduce maternal, neonatal and child mortalities in the territory.
The Nigerian Federal Capital Territory Administratio, FCTA, has flagged off the FCT 2019 second round of Maternal, Newborn and Child Health and the enrolment of Area Councils employees in the FCT Health Insurance Scheme.
FCT Minister of State, Dr. Ramatu Tijjani Aliyu, speaking during the flag off said it part of efforts to deliver key health interventions in the FCT.
Dr. Aliyu revealed that FCT has shown over 400 percent performance improvement in eight years as in the last first round 2019 MNCHW, noting that a coverage of 98 percent was achieved against 24 percent in 2011.
She further disclosed that reports of studies, particularly the recent report of 2018 National Demographic and Health Survey, has shown the FCT coverage of fully immunized children at 49 percent which is above the national average of 31 percent.
The minister acknowledged that considerable achievements have been made through MNCH to improve the current maternal, newborn and child health indices.
She also stressed that the authorities still need to do more to ensure that all eligible children, newborn and mothers are covered with interventions that will improve their nutritional status and general health.
“we have developed a blueprint for positively touching the lives of all the residents of FCT by way of a 5-year, 2019 to 2023, Strategic Plan.
The launching of the enrolment of all Area Councils employees in the FCT health insurance scheme today is one of such initiatives to increase access to good quality health services towards achieving universal health coverage for the FCT,” she affirmed.
Aliyu assured that efforts are ongoing to ensure pregnant women and under five years old children in the FCT are covered by the Health Insurance Scheme to further expand access to good quality and timely health services to these vulnerable groups.
The minister stated that emphasis has shifted from stand-alone vertical routine and supplemental health services provision to a more integrated approach like the MNCH, which exposes caregivers, and children to key interventions that improve health status and enable them thrive through both the fixed and outreach strategies, adding that the promotion of these health services is the priority of the FCT Administration.
In his address, the Chairman of Kuje Area Council, Hon. Abdullahi Sabo, noted that maternal new born and healthcare is a biannual event aimed at reducing maternal death, child mortality and morbidity, stressing that the intervention is to provide maternal healthcare and nutrition which are key to child survival and maternal well-being.
The council boss therefore called on beneficiaries who are children from age 0-59 months and women of child bearing age to avail themselves of this opportunity by coming out en-mass to be part of the programme.
The Chairman of Abuja Municipal Area Council, Hon. Abdullahi Candido, who spoke on behalf of other Area Council chairmen pledged the commitment of the Area Council Administrations to support the programme.