Nigerian government to allocate 1% of health budget to family planning

Nigerian Health Minister Osagie Ehanire has said that one percent of the health budget at all levels of government will be allocated to family planning (FP).

The decision, the minister noted, is part of efforts to reduce the maternal and infant mortality rate in the country.
Mr. Ehanire revealed this on Tuesday in Abuja during the launch of the Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn, Child, Adolescent and Elderly Health Plus Nutrition (RMNCAEH+N) policy document and the re-inauguration of the Monitoring and Monitoring Steering Committee. response to maternal and perinatal death (MPDSR).

It was in commemoration of Safe Motherhood Day and Vasicovigina fiscula (VVF) 2022.

The event was organized by the Ministry of Health in partnership with the Rotary Action Group for Reproductive, Maternal and Child Health and German Cooperation.

“The Federal Government of Nigeria is working to ensure the availability of family planning commodities and services by launching the FP2030 commitment to increase domestic financing and sustainable financing by allocating 1% of the health budget to the federal and state and perhaps also at the local government level. “said the minister.

In addition, he said the government has taken other steps to ensure everyone aligns with the initiative.
Mr. Ehanire said the strategy enables eligible citizens, including adolescents, youth and vulnerable populations, to make informed choices and gain equitable and affordable access to quality family planning participation in the national development.

“Maternal and parental death surveillance and response is a priority initiative that gives the serious subject of auditing maternal, parental and child mortality and morbidity the attention it deserves,” he said. added.

FP in Nigeria

Family planning in Nigeria is at a low level, which is a major factor in the fertility pattern and population growth rate.

Despite several efforts in recent years, the modern contraceptive prevalence rate is around 12%, indicating the need for more innovative service delivery strategies and channels.

“Private sector channels have proven to be viable as data indicates that the sector provides around 60% of FP services, even among the poorest women in Nigeria (provide reference),” the Nigeria FB commitment document states. 2030.

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NPHCDA’s 2019 health facility assessment indicates that there are only 8,389 functioning primary health care facilities out of 25,607.

This figure is grossly insufficient and cannot meet the needs of all women of reproductive age in Nigeria.
“There is therefore a need to employ high-impact strategies to rapidly expand FP service provision,” the document states.

The minister said the initiative has been expanded to also incorporate child mortality audits, making it surveillance and response to maternal, birth and child deaths. The enabling bill has been passed by the National Assembly and is awaiting presidential approval.

The launch of the policy document

The minister said these developments are behind the launch of the revised NPCDSR guidelines and tools at the inauguration of the steering committee.

The committee is to be chaired by the Honorable Minister of Health, while the President of the Society of Gynecology and Obstetrics and the President of the Pediatric Association of Nigeria (PAN) will be vice-presidents.
Other committee members include the Senate and Senate Health Committee Chairs, RNMCAEH+N and State Health Commissioners, among others.

“Parastatal agencies and ministries like NPHCDA and National Bureau of Statistics, National Population Commission, National Center for Disease Control and National Health Insurance Agency, Federal Ministry of Women Affairs and the National Guidance Agency are all there,” he said.

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