A Nongovernmental Organisation, Planned Parenthood Federation of America, PPFA, has applauded the Ondo State government for its strides in the provision of youth friendly health services in the state.
The NGO Country Director, Mr. Francis Eremutha, who gave the commendation in Akure, the Ondo State capital, in continuation of its advocacy visits to state, maintained that the political will so far demonstrated by the state government towards the implementation of adolescent and youth friendly health services would go a long way to address the numerous health challenges facing young people.
Dr. Eremutha explained that the advocacy visit was aimed at popularising the national adolescent and youth friendly practical protocols in the states, pointing out that Ondo State was one of the states that have utilised the tools to train clinicians and urge the health providers to use the job aids, cue cards and frequently asked questions to address the health needs of young persons.
Also speaking at the event representative of the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Health, Mr. Atiku Abubakar stated that the federal government was fully supporting the use of the job aids and cue cards in all primary health care facilities in the federation.
He enjoined the state government to provide budget line for the state ministry of health to train more providers, print more copies of the job aids and strengthen monitoring mechanism to ensure youth get the best of health services at the PHCs.
Responding on behalf of the Ondo State Commissioner for health, the Permanent Secretary, Mr. ET Oni disclosed that the state government had so far conducted baseline assessments on health needs of adolescents and youth in the state as well as developed an action plan and strategic framework.
“Government has established state coordinating units, build capacity of some providers on youth friendly services, launched the job aids at state level and renovated some structures at secondary health care facilities for the provision of health services for young persons.”

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