Create demand for healthcare services – Executive Director NSPHCDA

Executive Director, Niger State Primary Healthcare Development Agency (NSPHCDA), Dr. Yahaya Na’uzo has said that it was high time citizens begin to create demand for quality and affordable services especially in the health sector instead of waiting on government to take services to their doorsteps.

Dr. Yahaya Na”uzo made the call during the 2017 state Maternal and Newborn Child Health Week (MNCHW) implementation committee meeting held at the state ministry of health conference hall recently.

He said the state MNCHW which has been slated for 17-21 July 2017 was very important as it was an opportunity for most people to get primary healthcare services especially with the lack of infrastructure and manpower which he noted has made it very difficult to make services available through out the year particularly at the community level.

The Executive Director said efforts need to be made by all stakeholders to fix the system in order to meet the increasing healthcare needs of citizens as MNCHW may not be sustainable because it was very expensive to manage

He said in some cases, MNCHW was a life saving interventions and urged citizens to make adequate use of the week by coming out enmass to access services which he added are for free and targeted at women and children.

Also speaking, the State Nutrition Focal Person, Hajiya Amina Isah, said the state has being doing well in providing interventions during the week adding that for the 2017 round, the state would maintain its services which includes strenghtening of Routine immunization, provision of Vitamin A suppliment, Deworming of children 1-5 years, screening of children for nutrition accessement (6- 59 months) and Birth registration for under five.

Other interventions include Iron and folic acid suppliments for pregnant women, PMTCT, family planning, LLIN nets for first timers, exclusive breastfeeding, key household practices and higiene with emphasis on hand washing which she added are all free within the 5days activities.

Hajiya Amina Isah said as part of the preparation, there is going to be a state technical meeting for for LGA directors of PHC, M and E officers, nutrition focal persons and key stakeholders.

She commended the state government and partners particularly unicef for their prompt release of funds adding that though, unicef has supported the state, the government need to do more especially in term of allocating adequate funds in order to sustain the interventions being provided when partners finally withdraw.

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Executive Director, Niger State Primary Healthcare Development Agency (NSPHCDA), Dr. Yahaya Na’uzo has said that it was high time citizens begin to create demand for quality and affordable services especially in the health sector instead of waiting on government to take services to their doorsteps. Dr. Yahaya Na”uzo made the call during the 2017 state Maternal and Newborn Child Health Week (MNCHW) implementation committee meeting held at the state ministry of health conference hall recently. He said the state MNCHW which has been slated for 17-21 July 2017 was very important as it was an opportunity for most people to get primary healthcare services especially with the lack of infrastructure and manpower which he noted has made it very difficult to make services available through out the year particularly at the community level. The Executive Director said efforts need to be made by all stakeholders to fix the system in order to meet the increasing healthcare needs of citizens as MNCHW may not be sustainable because it was very expensive to manage He said in some cases, MNCHW was a life saving interventions and urged citizens to make adequate use of the week by coming out enmass to access services which he added are for free and targeted at women and children. Also speaking, the State Nutrition Focal Person, Hajiya Amina Isah, said the state has being doing well in providing interventions during the week adding that for the 2017 round, the state would maintain its services which includes strenghtening of Routine immunization, provision of Vitamin A suppliment, Deworming of children 1-5 years, screening of children for nutrition accessement (6- 59 months) and Birth registration for under five. Other interventions include Iron and folic acid suppliments for pregnant women, PMTCT, family planning, LLIN nets for first timers, exclusive breastfeeding, key household practices and higiene with emphasis on hand washing which she added are all free within the 5days activities. Hajiya Amina Isah said as part of the preparation, there is going to be a state technical meeting for for LGA directors of PHC, M and E officers, nutrition focal persons and key stakeholders. She commended the state government and partners particularly unicef for their prompt release of funds adding that though, unicef has supported the state, the government need to do more especially in term of allocating adequate funds in order to sustain the interventions being provided when partners finally withdraw.

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