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The Federal Ministry of Health has embarked on a road show towards increasing public visibility for the recently launched New National Family Planning Logo called the “Green Dot”.
Speaking at the flag-off ceremony in Abuja recently, the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Health, Mr Clement Uwaifo said that the aim of the road show was to increase the visibility for the New National Family Planning Logo, as the of-ficial marker for all the Public and Private Health Facilities where individuals would obtain quality family services that were safe, trusted, affordable and effective across the coun-try.
He noted that the initiative was very important to the ministry because it was aimed at sustaining the on-going multi-media and outdoor person to person National family planning com-munication campaign towards achieving the targeted 36% contraceptive prevalent rate in Nigeria by 2018.
He informed that the available evidence suggested that alt-hough about 83.6% of females in Nigeria were knowledgea-ble about modern family planning services, only 15% of women of reproductive age were currently using any form of family planning methods.
He further said that the low uptake of family planning ser-vices had been attributed to weak demand, generational ac-tivities, poor spousal discussion and inadequate dissemination of key benefits of these services.
Mr. Uwaifo stressed that the Federal Ministry of Health in col-laboration with other relevant stakeholders had worked as-siduously towards developing the new logo the “GREEN DOT”, adding that the re-branding and re-positioning of the Family Planning programme would address the unmet needs of family planning and increase the acceptability and uptake of modern family planning methods.
He commended all the development and implementing part-ners, MDA, media, traditional and religious leaders for the tremendous work done over years to improve maternal health through focused interventions.
NPHCDA Commends Traditional Rulers on Widespread Polio Eradication
The National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) has praised traditional rulers for the crucial role they played in the eradication of the polio virus in the coun-try. The Executive Director of the agency, Dr. Faisal Shuaib, gave the commendation at the 3rd quarter meeting on rou-tine immunization toward polio eradication, held in Lafia, last week.
The meeting was attended by Northern Traditional Leaders Committee (NTLC) on Primary HealthCare. Dr. Shuaib said that the crucial role played by traditional rulers in the eradica-tion of widespread polio in the country could not be overem-phasized. He added that the involvement and commitment of the traditional rulers helped persuade Nigerians, especially ru-ral dwellers across the country, to embrace immunization against the disease. “There is no way we would have been there on widespread polio eradication if it wasn’t for the leadership provided by his eminence and other traditional rulers. “It was their support that helped us in the fight against polio.
“We were finding it hard for several years until the NTLC was formed and provided leadership to the communities because you are an integral part of the communities. “And because of that, we were finally able to make the kind of engagements required to fight polio,” he said. He said that the traditional rulers contributed immensely to the efforts toward the eradi-cation of the disease that for almost two years the country did not witness a single polio virus case anywhere until in 2016 when the disease broke out in two local government areas of Borno. “Since the outbreak, we have done an out-standing job of containing the virus. “So until we have full ac-cess to those two local governments, we can only continue to count how many months we have gone without a single case,” he said. He also commended the Sultan of Sokoto, Muhammadu Sa’ad Abubakar III, for debunking claims that polio vaccines were poisonous.
He warned Nigerians, especially, politicians spreading the alle-gations to stop toying with the health of Nigerians for political and selfish gains. “I also thank his eminence for adding his voice to clearly denounce detractors who want to link im-munization or health services to politics. “That is something we will never do. “At NPHCDA, because we have the mandate to provide immunization service to the populace, we hold that responsibility very dearly. “We hold it as a public trust we can never betray. “It pains us when people try to mix immun-ization with politics. It should never happen,” he said. The NPHCDA chief also commended the Nasarawa State Gover-nor, Alhaji Umaru Al-Makura, for providing exemplary leader-ship in the health sector through the provision of adequate funding and other forms of support aimed at strengthening the health sector in the state. “Without a shadow of doubt, the executive governor of Nasarawa state has a really per-formed well in providing leadership in the health sector. “We have visited some primary health centers that are been built and renovate
and we have seen what the data shows when it comes to providing healthcare to his people. “So what he is doing is re-ally commendable,” he said. Poliomyelitis, often called polio or infantile paralysis, is an infectious disease caused by the poliovirus occurring especially in the spinal cord and brain-stem. The disease leads to muscle weakness, paralysis and sometimes deformity. In about 0.5 percent of cases there is muscle weakness resulting in an inability to move. This can occur over a few hours to a few days. Poliovirus is usually spread from person to person through infected fecal matter entering the mouth. It may also be spread by food or water containing human feces and less commonly from infected sa-liva. Newsmen report that the NTLC on Primary Health Care was formed eight years ago by His Eminence, Sultan of Soko-to Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar to proffer ways of eradicating polio and other communicable diseases especially in Northern Nigeria.