From Gambo Ahmed, Lafia
Nasarawa state government in collaboration with Pathfinder International Nigeria, a Non Governmental Organization (NGO), has launched the State Family Planning Coasted Implementation Plan.
The Nasarawa state Commissioner of Health, Dr. Daniel Iya, Dr. Habeeb Salami, Associate Director of Pathfinder International and other Health stakeholders yesterday launched the document at the state Ministry of Health in Lafia, the state capital.
In his opening remarks, Iya said that the launching of the implementation plan demonstrated the commitment of health stakeholders in improving health care delivery and reducing maternal mortality in the state.
He said: “This is an important meeting for two reasons. First of all, it is about health and without health we cannot do anything. Secondly and most importantly is the group of people we are talking about, our mothers and our children.
“They are often the people that suffer whether it is the issue of security that we are presently witnessing. So it is important we all pay critical attention to issues of security and issues of health particularly issues of the vulnerable groups amidst us.”
He commended Pathfinder International and other partners for their cooperation and assistance, assuring that the state government would play its role in ensuring that the Family Planning Costed Implementation Plan was implemented and sustained for the benefit of women and children.
Also speaking, Dr. Habeeb Salami, Associate Director of Pathfinder International thanked the Ministry of Health officials for giving the NGO and other partners the opportunity to work together to come out with the implementation plan.
He affirmed that the document which his organization has been going round the country to advocate and help implement will go a long way in helping to address the issues of maternal mortality in the state and reduce the mortality rate to about 30 percent.