The Minister of Well being, Dr. Osagie Ehanire, has stated to attain the Sustainable Improvement Objectives and Common Well being Protection, adolescents’ well being should be prioritised via acceptable funding and efficient coordination.
Ehanire stated this on Tuesday in Abuja at a information convention to commemorate the 2022 Nationwide and Worldwide Adolescent Well being Week.
The theme of the week-long participatory occasion for stakeholders working in adolescent well being area is “Transitions: Constructing a case for the visibility of adolescents in Nigeria whereas transitioning from a pre-pandemic to a life formed by the pandemic.”
Ehanire famous that adolescents represent a major proportion of Nigeria’s inhabitants and that the Nationwide Demographic and Well being Survey, 2018, confirmed that 19 per cent of teenage women are moms, pregnant with their first little one, whereas 32 per cent don’t attend ante-natal care.
He additionally stated the survey indicated that 66 per cent delivered with out supervision by expert start attendants, including that the scenario was compounded with the affect of COVID-19 pandemic on the nation’s already fragile well being system.
The minister stated that throughout the commemoration of the IAHW in 2021, he knowledgeable stakeholders of presidency’s dedication in direction of prioritising the welfare of adolescents in Nigeria.
He revealed that progress had been made in that regard, because the Nationwide Adolescent Well being and Improvement Technical Working Group was repositioned and inaugurated for higher efficiency.
Ehanire stated membership of the group was drawn from related stakeholders, together with younger people-led organisations.
He additionally stated that the Ministry of Well being had created a finances line on the nationwide degree for adolescents, developed a two-year nationwide value workplan and prioritised actions for implementation in 2022.
In line with the minister, the nationwide adolescent well being coverage is being domesticated, whereas frontline well being employees’ capacities are being constructed and strengthened on the sub-national degree.
This, he stated, was performed in collaboration with its companions — the World Well being Organisation, United Nations Kids’s Fund, Lafiya mission, amongst others.
He gave an assurance that the federal authorities remained resolute in making certain entry to high quality well being for Nigerians.
Ehanire, subsequently, urged stakeholders to advertise and champion any adolescent well being challenge that’s related of their numerous communities.
“I name on you to look at IAHW by championing any adolescent well being challenge related in your numerous communities that may encourage wholesome behaviours and habits, specializing in socio-economic determinants of well being and adolescents’ rights,” he stated.
The Minister of State for Well being, Dr. Olorunnimbe Mamora, on his half, famous that for any nation to develop and thrive, makes an attempt should be made to make sure that adolescents, who’re the soul of the inhabitants, are adequately cared for.
He stated “to develop and develop in good well being, adolescents want data, together with age-appropriate complete sexuality schooling; alternatives to develop life expertise; well being companies which might be acceptable, equitable, acceptable, efficient, secure and supportive environments.
“Additionally they want alternatives to meaningfully take part within the design and supply of interventions to enhance and preserve their well being. Plans to develop these alternatives are key to responding to adolescents’ particular wants and rights.”
Mamora additionally stated that it was vital to debate deeply on the necessity to present adolescents with complete, acceptable, confidential and dependable companies.
The minister maintained that there was want for coverage implementation that makes use of adolescent self-reported information to evaluate the standard of preventive care offered to youths.
“Adolescents have the proper to healthcare, confidentiality of care, preventive care and desired measurable well being outcomes that must be extremely rewarded by stakeholders to advertise high-quality adolescent service supply in Nigeria.”
The Chief of Well being, UNICEF, Dr. Eduardo Celades, stated everybody should be part of fingers to make sure that adolescents are seen within the nation’s insurance policies, particularly in planning, budgetary allocations and companies in all sectors.
He stated that they need to even be seen in private and non-private sectors, at house, in communities, cultural and non secular circles.
“To attain these in a sustainable method, we should empower adolescents and provides them the area to interact and take part meaningfully,” he added.