PLANNED Parenthood Federation of America, PPFA, a non-governmental organization, has called on the Edo State government to take full advantage of the newly launched job aids for adolecents and youth friendly services to ensure effective treatment of young persons in state primary health care facilities.
PPFA Country Director, Dr. Francis Eremutha, who made the call while on advocacy visit to the state, explained that the job aids, cue cards, frequently asked questions and national logo for adolescent and youth friendly health services meant to provide the needed tools for providers to effectively counsel and treat young persons in Nigeria.
He regretted that the absence of the materials had caused a setback on effective health service provision by clinicians but assured that with the availability of the practice protocols, there was going to be efficient health service delivery, calling on the state government to support the training of health providers on integrated youth friendly services at Primary Health Centres, PHCs.
Speaking earlier, representative of the permanent secretary in the federal ministry of health, Abubakar Atiku, enjoined the state to support, implement and monitor the utilisation of the various practice protocols developed by the federal ministry of health with funding and technical support from PPFA, pointing out that the policy guidelines developed and circulated to states could only be implemented when the job aids were effectively implemented.
Responding, the state Commissioner of health, who was represented by the state Director, Primary Health Care, Dr Eghe Abe, assured the team of the readiness of the state to utilise the job aids to train health providers, revealing that some PHCs were already fully equipped to provide youth friendly services in the state.
He commended the PPFA country director for offering to train master trainers on the use of the Job aids, cue cards and frequently ask questions, respectively in the state.

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