420 underserved health hacilities in Bauchi get intervention on sexual, reproductive health services from Marie Stopes
Participants at the meeting
By Akanji Alowolodo, Bauchi
In its resolve to promote Sexual Reproductive Health Services (SRHS) in Bauchi State, an International development partner, Marie Stopes International Organisation, Nigeria (MSION) has expressed plans to provides the services in 420 underserved Health Facilities in hard-to-reach communities across the 20 Local Government Areas.
The services is scheduled to commence in 2023 after all logistics arrangements must have been completed with the relevant health agencies in the state.
The disclosure was made by the Social Behavioural Change and Communication Officer of MSION Muhammad Mubarak Abubakar, at a two-day meeting organised for Family Planning and Maternal and Child Health Coordinators of the 20 LGA in Bauchi on Monday.
According to him, “The meeting was aimed to provide an overview of activities of the organization in delivering high quality SRHS in communities through various channels.”
He also said that “The meeting was to engage MCH and FP Coordinators in identification, site selection and outreach scheduling for a period of twelve months, that is from January to December, 2023.”
Mubarak Abubakar appreciated the Bauchi state government for providing an enabling working environment to Non Governmental Organizations working in the state.
The Director, Research, Planning and Statistics (DPRS) in the State Primary Healthcare Development Agency, Dr Jibrin Umar, said that women access to Child birth Spacing Commodities cannot be over emphasized in the delivery of healthcare services.
He added that more should be done to change the data translation in order to have effective, efficient and quality service delivery considering the importance of women health in achieving public health benefits.
He listed male engagement and increase in awareness to be a parameter for increasing uptake of Reproductive Health services among the general public.
In her contribution, Mrs Hajara Yahya, Bauchi state Family Planning Coordinator, said that such services would improve on the state indicator as there will be effective monitoring.
She urged participants to provide Health Facilities that are underserved and would generate a high number of clients with the commodities and ensure that there is no stock out.
Hajara Yahya appreciated MISION for the support to the state government and urged participants to utilise the opportunity in the interest of promoting maternal and child Health.
In her remarks, the North-East Regional Manager of MSION, Hussaina Maji, expressed her appreciation to the State government and participants for always supporting the organization in achieving its mandate.
She further stressed the need to identify those underserved and hard-to-reach communities and capture them in the work plan wishing all the participants journey mercies to their respective destinations.