15 October 2020 by Florence Adewale
The Federal Government has launched the Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn Child, Adolescence and Elderly Health plus Nutrition (RMNCAEH+N) to improve health care delivery in the country.
At the launch in Abuja, the Minister of Health, Doctor Osagie Erhanire said this was part of the present administration’s plan to ensure universal health coverage for all age groups in Nigeria.
The Minister explained that the programme would be a stakeholders partnership coordination platform for effective application of strategies to build bridges across health systems with appreciable results from Government aimed at repositioning the sector.
Doctor Erhanire added that the programme would help workout modalities for accessible and affordable health care delivery.
“The purpose of this multi-stakeholder coordination platform is to harness the strength of diverse stakeholders and to leverage resources for the maximisation of outcomes and attainment of a shared vision for Nigerians, particularly women, children, adolescents and the elderly. It is unacceptable that our women, children and the aged are dying needlessly from preventable causes.”
He added “The National Advocacy Strategy for the RMNCAEH+N programme would serve as an effective tool to guide advocacy efforts aimed at securing buy-in of policy- and decision-makers for articulation of enabling policies and increased allocation of resources for RMNCAEH+N programmes at all levels.
I would like to appreciate our development partners, donors, CSOs, and the private sector for their remarkable contributions towards the health sector development. However, I cannot over-emphasise the need for partnership; the myriad of issues confronting the health and wellbeing of women, children, adolescents and the elderly are beyond the health sector alone.
Today we are showcasing partnership to emphasise the fact that health is a collective responsibility.
I therefore call on all to join hands, as we accept this challenge.
In a remark, the Minister Of Women Affairs, Dame Pauline Tallen expressed her Ministry’s readiness to sustain the partnership with the Ministry of Health for realisation of quality services for Nigerian women and children.
In their separate Goodwill massages, traditional rulers including the Obi of Onitsha and Sultan of Sokoto who appreciated the bold step taken by the Federal Government to address the decay in the health sector, however pledged their commitment to ensure the implementation of the programme.
The sultan of sokoto added that “I express optimism that the program will create flexibility in addressing outcomes on nutritional and health challenges. Once again I want to state here that there is need to adopt a more robust strategy and operational mechanism to involve traditional rulers and spiritual leaders in the monitoring aspect of the program.”
The event attracted national and international stakeholders in the sector.