February 14, (THEWILL) – Pathfinder International, a family planning organisation, has partnered Ogun State Government, in reproductive health and family planning initiatives to further improve the wellbeing of women in childbearing age.
The Programme Officer, Reproductive Health and Family Planning, Pathfinder International, Nigeria, Malam Yusuff Nuhu, who thanked the state government for providing an enabling environment for the partnership to thrive, said the agency would continue to work with the state in achieving efficient health care delivery.
Responding, the State Commissioner For Health, Dr Tomi Coker stressed the need to strengthen the organisation towards improved maternal and child health outcomes, adding that adolescent and youths’ sexuality education would soon be incorporated into the school curriculum.
She stated in Abeokuta during a close-out meeting for Family Health Initiative (FAHIO), the State advocacy working group, organised by a donor agency, Pathfinder International, Nigeria, in collaboration with the State Primary Health Care Development Board.
Coker, who acknowledged the roles and impact of advocacy activities in the implementation of reproductive health and family planning programmes, said that the activities of the group through the agency, had helped the state record remarkable achievements in the health sector.
She added that the state’s exceptional achievement particularly on its Contraceptive Prevalence Rate (CPR), could not be overlooked without the partnership drive of Pathfinder International in the provision of logistics and capacity building for various stakeholders
The commissioner said”, The State is transitioning from the old system of government funding of healthcare provision into a health insurance system that will capture and benefit all, and this is a better time to ensure that advocacy is supported for sustained service delivery.”
Speaking, the Executive Secretary of the Board, Dr Elijah Ogunsola, affirmed that the support of development partners on health had brought about a huge impact on the Board’s activities, assuring that it would build on the successes made on policy and funding.
Earlier the Chairman, FAHIO, Mrs Kemi Balogun, said the group was determined to help government realise better health indices, through increased uptake of family planning contraceptives, improved funding for family planning programmes, among others, pointing out that Adolescent Reproductive Health Technical Working sub-group, had been inaugurated, to advocate for issues relating to adolescents and youths’ reproductive health.