Experts in the health sector have called on President Muhammadu Buhari to ensure full implementation of policies and programmes aimed at promoting the reproductive health rights of women and the young persons in the country.
The stakeholders made the position on Monday in Abuja during a meeting convened by the Planned Parenthood Global, PPFA, in collaboration with the Health Reform Foundation, HERFON, to set the reproductive health agenda for women and youth to the federal government.
In a communiqué issued at the end of the meeting, the stakeholders posited that full implementation of the national health act and violence against persons prohibition act would enhance the country’s quest towards achieving quality primary health care services that are accessible to her citizens.
The communiqué maintained that there was need for government to invest in universal access to integrated sexual and reproductive health, right information and awareness creation that would enable women and youth make informed decisions in seeking health services.
It also advised the federal government to scale up laudable and impactful reproductive health programmes by sustaining the midwives services scheme, conditional cash transfer policies in collaboration with states governments, stressing that more support should be provided to scale up the initiatives.
“Leverage on existing guidelines for the integration of adolescent and youth friendly health services into PHCs and the national guidelines for promoting access of young people to AYFHS into PHCs, in all the three tiers of government in Nigeria” the communiqué maintained.
PPFA Country Director, Dr. Francis Eremutha who had commended partners for their resilient on health of women and the young people, explained that the forum was to enable stakeholders set agenda for the federal government on issues of reproductive health.

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