22 December 2020 by Remi Johnson
As part of efforts in bridging the gap in Maternal and Child health in the nation’s capital, the FCT Minister of State, Dr. Ramatu Tijjani Aliyu, has inaugurated the FCT Emergency Maternal and Child Health Intervention Centre.
While Inaugurating the Centre, the Minister said the Nigeria Demographic and Health Survey (NDHS) 2018 report, indicates that Maternal and Child Mortality was high in Nigeria.
The Minister who was represented by the General Manager, FCT Hospital Management Board, Dr. Francis Alu, however, noted that the progress towards closing the gaps and reversing the trend was rather slow hence the need for practical steps of achieving maternal and child mortality reduction.
Aliyu noted that the National Primary Health Care Development Agency, had a year ago, declared a National Emergency in Maternal and Child Health in Nigeria, with the goal to reduce the current level by 50 percent at the end of year 2021.
The Minister further stated that the survey presented in 2019 indicates that the FCT performed better than most States in the North Central Zone with some figures better than the Zonal and National averages, stressing that the FCT neonatal mortality rate was 27 per 1000 live births.
According to her, “FCT recorded a coverage of 49% on fully immunized children which is above the National average of 31%, and Modern Family Planning prevalence at 20% against National 12%, Attendance at Ante Natal Care 88% against National 67%, Skilled birth attendance in the facility at 63% against National 39%,
“Access to portable water in FCT is 68% against 66% National average. Spousal violence, prevalence of sickle cell disease and childhood anaemia are all better in FCT than the National average”.
Aliyu, however, frowned at the 5 percent prevalent of female genital mutilation practice in the Federal Capital Territory, noting that though it is below the national average, it is unacceptable in the nation’s capital.
Earlier in his remarks, the Acting Executive Secretary, FCT Primary Healthcare Board, Dr. Iwot Ndaeyo, stated that with the inauguration of the FCT Emergency Maternal and Child Health Intervention Centre, the 50 percent target by 2021 would be met .
He noted that the Centre would eliminate parallel programme implementation by Government and Non -Governmental Organisations, develop a single workplan for their health activities, ensure universal service delivery and increase access to quality care irrespective of place of residence in the FCT.