Dr Osagie Ehanire, Minister of State for Health/NAN

Agency Report

The Nigerian government has inaugurated a technical and steering committee to drive the process of improving quality healthcare for mothers, newborn and children.

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It therefore makes the country a supporter of the WHO vision where ”every pregnant woman and newborn receives quality healthcare throughout childbirth and the postnatal period,” said Nigeria’s Minister of State for Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire.

Dr Ehanire made the remark during the inauguration on Tuesday in Abuja.

He said inauguration of the committee was necessary for the admission of Nigeria into the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) network on quality healthcare for mothers, newborns and children.

Also, the steering committee, according to the minister, is to provide high level leadership for coordination of quality of care (QoC) interventions for Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn, Child and Adolescent Health (RMNCAH) in Nigeria.

He also said it will oversee partners and donors mapping, identify and mobilize resources from Global and local partners for implementation of the national road map and operational plan.

Members of the committee are the Minister of Health, Minister of State for Health, Minister of Women Affairs and Social Development, and Minister of Finance.

Others are the ministers of agriculture, education, water resources as well as environment, information and culture.

Some permanent secretaries and directors in relevant ministries and heads of some select agencies are also members.

The minister reassured Nigerians that with the calibre of members in the committees, the country can make progress in reducing maternal, newborn and child deaths.