By Laide Akinboade, Abuja
Worried by the high number of infant and maternal deaths in Nigeria, a Non-governmental Organisations (NGO), Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria-Partnership for Advocacy in Child and Family Health @Scale Project (PSN-PACFAH@Scale), has entered into partnership with the National Association of Nigerian Nurses and Midwives (NANNM) to halt infant and maternal mortality in Nigeria.
Speaking during an advocacy visit to NANNM, the Programme Manager PSN-PACFAH@Scale, Mr Ibrahim Ayuba, said that the area of partnership include routine immunisation, increased access to Childhood Pneumonia and diarrhea management and family planning.
Other areas of collaboration, he noted, include the inclusion of Community Pharmacists (CPs) and Patent and Proprietary Medicines Vendors (PPMVs) in the Task Shifting and Task Sharing (TSTS) policy of the government to ensure efficient Healthcare delivery.
Quoting the 2013 National Demographic and Health Survey (NDHS), Ayuba decried the poor access to life-saving drugs, insisting that such lapses contribute to the 854,000 of the 7,028,000 annual under -five live-birth mortality.
According to him, mainstreaming the use of Amoxicillin Dispersible Tablet (AMX DT) for Pneumonia and co-pack Zinc/Low Osmolarity Oral Rehydration Salt for Diarrhoea, would save the lives of many innocent children from the these diseases.
“We call on NANNM to join the advocacy for increased access to Childhood Pneumonia and Diarrhoea management in Nigeria, especially in hard-to-reach communities where there are no or little number of skilled health workers.
“By doing that we can save more innocent lives by coming together, “Ayuba stressed.
Speaking, the President of NANNM, Mr Abdulrafiu Adeniji, described the thematic areas of focus of the PSN-PACFAH@Scale with regard to eradication of childhood mortality Family Planning, TSTS, as a welcome development, insisting that they are key in ensuring the attainment of Universal Health Coverage (UHC).
Adeniji emphasised that no health practitioners is indispensable and that all professionals must work together to ensure a better health for the masses.
The NANNM President emphasised the need for all healthcare practitioners across board to work together to ensure that the patient being the common denominator gets the desired care.
“We believe that for us to ensure reduction or eradication of maternal and child mortality, we must come together and put things in proper perspective,” he said.