AKHA to Partner Health Ministry on Improved Sexual, Reproductive Health

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The Speaker of Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly, Rt Hon. Aniekan Bassey has pledged the 7th Assembly’s readiness to  support the State Ministry of Health in enhancing access to sexual and reproductive health services for adolescent girls and women in the State.

Rt Hon. Aniekan Bassey said the Akwa Ibom State legislature under his watch, will make laws that will enable the Ministry of Health to ensure improved access to sexual and reproductive health services in the State.

He promised this on Tuesday, June 25, while receiving a delegation from the State Ministry of Health and the United Nations Population Fund, UNFPA, at the Conference Hall of the Assembly Complex to intimate him on the Integrated Approach to Empowering Adolescent Girls and Women in the State.

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According to him, “our duty is legislation. In the sixth Assembly, we passed the Primary Healthcare Bill. Based on what the Permanent Secretary has said, the 7th Assembly will support the Ministry of Health to ensure the project thrives in order to improve the sexual and reproductive health of our people”.

He urged the Technical Partners from the United Nations Population Fund to extend the project to more Local Government Areas in the State, to enable more people benefit from the gesture.

Bassey commended the Governor’s Wife, Mrs Martha Udom Emmanuel for also improving the health situation of Akwa Ibom girls and women through the Family Empowerment and Youth Reorientation Programme (FEYReP).

Speaking earlier, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Health, Pharm. Mbuk Inyang pointed out that the Integrated Approach to Empowering Adolescent Girls and Women seeks to improve access to sexual and reproductive heath services and rights of women and adolescents in the State.

He said the project will also strengthen the availability of quality family planning information and services in the State, thereby increasing the Contraceptives Prevalence Rate (CPR) to the National target of 36 per cent.

He said the project will be implemented in 75 Primary Healthcare Facilities spread across the three Senatorial Districts in twelve Local Government Areas, including Abak, Etim Ekpo, Itu, Ikot Ekpene, and Nsit Ibom.

Other Local Governments he listed include Obot Akara, Onna, Udung Uko, Ukanafun and Urue-Offong/Oruku and cited the State Ministry of Health, Planned Parenthood Federation of Nigeria, PFN, Association for Reproduction and Family Health, ARFH and the Family Empowerment and Youth Reorientation Programme, FEYReP as implementing partners.

Meanwhile, the National Programme Analyst for the United Nations Population Fund, Dr Araoginbo Udowa hinted that the project will lessen cost and improve access to family planning services by Akwa Ibom People.

He ascertained that the program will help reduce child mortality rate which he noted is currently high the State and further thanked the Speaker for granting them audience.