Nigeria launches guidelines to improve sexual and reproductive health

To ensure universal access to sexual and reproductive health services in the country, the Nigerian government has launched a national guide on self-care. The guideline was released on Thursday alongside the Family Planning 2030 documents and several other policy documents adopted by the country in 2020. Speaking at the launch, the Minister of Health, Osagie Ehanire, He said the self-care initiative is necessary due to the rapid increase in the country’s population. Mr. Ehanire said the new guidelines will provide ways to reduce pressure on health centers to provide quality care. He said communities and individuals are supported and introduced to self-care to reduce the burden of care on healthcare workers. He explained that the documents will provide guidance on the roles and responsibilities of the federal, state and local government areas (LGA), as well as the private sector, in creating an enabling environment for the provision of self-care services in the country. Family Planning 2030 Meanwhile, Mr. Ehanire said the Family Planning (FP) 2030 commitment and other documents demonstrate Nigeria’s efforts to increase access to quality health services. He said that although the country has made some improvements in FP services, there is still a large gap in unmet need for contraception. He said the government is committed to closing the gaps. He said: “We are aggressively stepping up action and efforts, particularly at the sub-national levels to steer the trend in the right direction and close the gaps. “Efforts are underway to harness additional national resources and harness existing potentials within our large but young population through concerted and coordinated efforts of multi-sectoral actors in the areas of health, women’s issues, education and paid employment, including the humanitarian crisis and insecurity. It has had a negative impact on the lives of girls and adolescents.” The director of the family health department of the federal health ministry, Salma Kolo, said that the general objective of the new guidelines is to improve the health and well-being of women, girls and adolescents. Ms. Kolo said that the main focus is on reproductive, maternal and newborn sexual health and also adolescent health. He lamented the high death rates recorded among women and children in the country. “In one year, we record more than a million children under the age of five who die from preventable causes, and then we have a large number of women who die each year from problems related to pregnancy and childbirth. “So the only way to stop this is to ensure standard and qualified human resources in the facilities to deliver the services,” he said. He noted that family planning is a game changer and life saver for society. “We are not saying that women should not have children, but they should at least space their children, a minimum of two years and even more. “This will reduce the mortality of children and also the mothers will recover their health,” he said. welcome development Speaking at the launch, PATH/JSI Collaborative Access Project Country Coordinator Adewole Adefalu said self-care empowers individuals and communities to make health decisions for themselves and reduce the burden of the influx of patients in health facilities. “This is yet another milestone for us to see self-care launched and witnessed by various stakeholders, especially with the state stakeholders who will be the implementers of the guidance. “As long as there is political will and with the availability of self-care products such as Depot Medroxyprogesterone Acetate Subcutaneous (DMPA-SC), malaria and HIV self-test kits, as well as pregnancy self-test kits, we have seen people start to take ownership, positioning them to enjoy the benefit of self-awareness,” he said. In her remarks, White Ribbon Alliance Nigeria National Coordinator Christy Asala explained that the private sector engagement strategy creates the template for improving access through a full market for family planning. advertisements Ms. Asala said the need for self-care came through more during the COVID-19 lockdowns. “We are excited that the government has taken this laudable step in planning how to engage this sector,” he said. Read More Related News Here Let here it in the comment below if you do have an opinion on this; Nigeria launches guidelines to improve sexual and reproductive health