By Chinyere Amalu
ABUJA â€” The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) has budgeted the sum of $64 million to support programmes in Nigeria in the next 4 years.
The Resident Representative of UNFPA, Lawson Agathe who disclosed this yesterday in Abuja at the Global Launch for Child Survival and the flag off of the Maternal, Newborn and Child Health in Nigeria said, United Nations is ever ready to support programmes that will promote maternal health in Nigeria.
According to her, â€œNigeria has reached a point to say that no woman should die and to make sure that every pregnancy survives. The United Nations and our partner in Nigeria are proud to support the launch of this event.â€
She pointed out that the launch is to mobilise the community on the need to save pregnancies and ensure that skilled birth attendants are trained at the community and state level.
In his keynote address, Health Minister, Professor Babatunde Oshotimehin said that the launch is unique because, â€œNigeria will be joining the rest of the global community to launch the campaign for accelerated reduction of maternal newborn and child mortalitie.â€
On the health bill, Oshotimehin said the National Assembly have agreed to harmonise it for speedy passage into law, adding that the money that would be realised from the Act, if eventually passed, will be channelled into primary health.
â€œWe are giving money from the MDGs to states to provide free medical care for pregnant women. So we are doing everything possible to ensure that all pregnancies are saved,â€ he added.