BY PRUDENCE IJAH, ABUJA
As Nigeria aligns with the global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the Federal government has reinstated her resolve to increase efforts at eliminating all preventable maternal deaths by 2030.
The Minister of Health Professor Isaac Adewole who made this know on Tuesday in Abuja at the launch of three key reproductive health documents and tools said Nigeria is ranked as the second largest burden of maternal mortality in the world.
Adewole who was represented by the Director of Family Health in the federal ministry of health, Dr Adebimpe Adebiyi said “the tools will set us on the path towards the achievement of our set targets particularly the overall goal of improved maternal health as Nigeria is the first country to introduce DMPA-SC in the African region”.
Dr Adebiyi hinted that DMPA-SC have been administered to women in 10 states, and that it has been distributed nationally with support from UNFPA. She said “in 2017, we achieved the following;
Distributed 1.3 million units of DMPA-SC with support from UNFPA and DKT Nigeria: Trained almost 11,000 providers to counsel and administer DMPA-SC.
Ensured availability of DMPA-SC in all the six geopolitical zones of Nigeria and in almost all States capitals”.
Speaking on the tools and documents, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) national program analysts for Family planning and Maternal Health Dr Titi Duru Ino said the National Depot Medroxyprogesterone Acetate (DMPA-SC) Accelerated Introduction and Scale-Up Plan and the Global Family planning Visibility and Analytical Network will ensure that contraceptive information and services reach women and adolescent girls who may want to avoid pregnancy, space or limit child birth as well as provide efficient family planning supply chain.
According to Dr Ino, “the key objectives of the DMPA-SC Introduction and Scale up plan are; to deploy DMPA-SC throughout identified public, private and community service delivery channels so as to maximize uptake, to roll out facility and community-initiated self-injection service delivery in order to ensure DMPA-SC reaches new users and expands access to women in hard to reach areas.”
It is expected that the Global Family Planning Visibility and Analytical Network/National Logistics Management Information System (Navision) will serve as a shared platform to capture and use supply chain data from multiple sources and organizations as it will promote more timely and cost-effective delivery of Family planning commodities and other health commodities.
Earlier, the President of Association for Reproductive and Family Health Professor Oladapo Ladipo said the documents which bothers on human rights, tools and access to family planning commodities are very key and should be properly circulated round the country in other to achieve qualitative reproduction.