IN A BID to coordinate the process of improving the healthcare of the vulnerable groups in the country, the Minister of State for Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire has inaugurated committees responsible of improving the quality of healthcare for Mothers Newborns and Children in the country in line with the World Health Organization, WHO, specification. In a press release sent to Nigerian Pilot, Tuesday, from the ministry, it stated that during the inauguration of the steering and technical committee, Monday in Abuja, the minister noted that Nigeria was among the first countries to be part of the network to improve
quality of healthcare among other countries. Ehanire appreciated the World Health Organization, WHO, for accepting Nigeria’s admission into the WHO -led Network towards improving quality of healthcare for mothers, newborns and children, and noted Nigeria’s support for the WHO vision where ‘every pregnant woman and newborn receives quality healthcare throughout, childbirth and the postnatal period’ as a country. The minister who reiterated government’s commitment towards developing health care strategies and plan in line with WHO‘s recommendation gave an reassurance that with the calibre of members in the steering and technical committees, Nigeria could make progress in reducing maternal, newborn and child deaths. Permanent Secretary of the ministry, Mrs. Binta Adamu Bello, represented by the Director, Hospital Services, Dr. Wapada Balami, said that the inauguration was timely as Nigeria strives to attain the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030. She further applauded the WHO, Maternal, Newborn and Child Health Programme (MNCH2), Maternal and Child Survival Program (MCSP) and other development partners for the technical and financial support for the project. The release said members of the steering committee comprise of Minister of Health, Minister of State for Health, Minister of Women Affairs and Social Development, Minister of Finance, Minister of Agriculture Minister of Education, Minister of water resources, Minister of Environment, Minister of Information and Culture. Others are Permanent Secretary of Federal Ministry of Health, Director, Department of Health Services, Director, Family Health Department, Director, Health Planning Research and Statistics, Executive Secretary- National Primary Health Care Development Agency, Executive Secretary- National Health Insurance Scheme, Director – General, National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control, NAFDAC, Country Representative, WHO and Secretariat- Department of Family Health and others. Part of the Terms of Reference of the Steering Committee are to provide high level leadership for coordination of quality of care (QoC) interventions for Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn, Child and Adolescent Health (RMNCAH) in Nigeria, to oversee partners and donors mapping, identify and mobilize resources from Global and local partners for implementation of the national RMNCAH QoC roadmap and operational plan, to provide high level support to the WHO – led RMNCAH QoC network and implementation of the operational plan at country level, to provide overall guidance and approve action plans for the implementation of the national quality of care presented by the quality of care technical committee on RMNCAH, to conduct high level advocacy on the improvement of quality of care in health facilities to all states of the federation, among others, among others.

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