By El-Yakub Dabai, Birnin Kebbi
Governor Nasir Idris of Kebbi State has in Birnin Kebbi inaugurated a seven-member committee to oversee the activities of Reproductive Health and Pandemic Resilience Project (RHPR) in collaboration with Federal government and Marie Stopies International (MSI) in the State.
Governor Idris, represented by his Deputy, Senator Abubakar Umar, stated that reproductive health project in the State started as far back as 2009 adding that government would not rest on its oars until quality health services reached its people through collaborative efforts with MSI.
The Governor therefore also appealed for more commitment from the NGO especially in the areas of the provision of vaccines for cervical cancer and maternal and girl child health for a better and productive society.
Also speaking, the Country Director of MSI, Emmanuel Ajah, stated that Reproductive Health Pandemic Resilience Project is a flagship project of KFW Development Bank designed for the reduction of material death from complications of unplanned pregnancies.
Mr. Ajah noted that it will expand the availability, access, acceptability and quality of integrated reproductive health services across five implementation States and at the National level, adding that the services will include family planning, cervical cancer, menstrual health and sexual and gender based violence.
He further stated that MSI Nigeria Reproductive Choices will be the Project Executive Agency responsible for the full implementation of the project with the Federal Ministry of Health providing leadership and supervisory oversight on the project governance and implementation at the National level, while the Kebbi State government will provide leadership and supervisor oversight at the State level.
Menstrual hygiene management, according to him, is a critical aspect of adolescent health and the project will work with Schools and communication to provide menstrual health education and products to adolescent girls.