In a bid to provide easy access to healthcare services for all Nigerians, especially women and children, the Federal Government has said that it has initiated a transformative process to revitalize 17,600 primary health care centres nationwide.
The First Lady, Federal Republic of Nigeria, Senator Oluremi Tinubu disclosed this weekend, during the formal launch of the Women’s Optimal Health Framework in Kampala, Uganda
She stated that government’s efforts at revitalizing the health centres across the country are, among others, aimed at tackling infant and maternal mortality while also promoting the life expectancy of all Nigerians.
Represented by the Honourable Minister of Women Affairs, Barrister (Mrs) Uju Kennedy-Ohaneny, Senator Oluremi Tinubu informed that the Federal Government has also secured a grant from an international donor agency to train midwives and front-line health workers aimed at strengthening collaborations in the prevention of mother to child transmission of HIV/AIDS
The First Lady informed further that, through a coordinated partnership between my Office and the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare, a total of 4.7 million girls have been immunised against cervical cancer from October 2023 to date
The nationwide immunisation exercise, she explained, was made possible through the introduction of the Human Papiloma Vaccine into the national routine vaccine schedule designed to stem such cases among women, in line with the Renewed Hope Agenda of the present Administration
Senator Tinubu explained further that in recognition of the relevance of multi-sectoral approach to the advancement of women’s health, the Renewed Hope Initiative was established by the Office of the First Lady, to ensure a robust empowerment of Nigerian women I established the Renewed Hope Initiative (RHI) to bring about improvements in health, agriculture, education, economic empowerment and social investment targeting women and the vulnerable groups to bridge the gaps
This is in addition to the commencement of the RHI Women Agricultural Program (RHI-WASP) competition which targets over 3 000 women across the country and Young Farmers Club with the theme, *Every Home A Garden in order to encourage the culture of farming and good nutrition among women and the younger populace, she said.
Senator Oluremi Tinubu commended the Ugandan First Lady and Minister for Education and Sports, Honourable Janet Museveni for spearheading the optimal health initiative which she described as a research-based programme that will contribute to life expectancy of women.
She called on African women to key-into the programme with a view to reinvigorating the general push towards addressing the issue of gender equality in the region.
Responding, the Ugandan First Lady, Honourable Janet Museveni stated that the optimal women health framework will act as a gateway that will strengthen partnerships for the upliftment of the health and general well-being of women in Africa
She commended the Nigerian First Lady, Senator Oluremi for her commitment to growth and development of women and children, describing her as a beacon of hope, not only for Nigeria but the African Sub-Region as a whole.