BY CHIOMA OBINNA
Worried about the state of data collection on health in the country, Minister of Health, Prof Onyebuchi Chukwu has challenged development partners about the need to collaborate with the Federal government on production of accurate and acceptable data that will clearly spell out the progress in the health sector.
Chukwu, who spoke in Abuja during a meeting with the Partners said the valid updating of health data outside the National Demographic Health Survey (NDHS), was a task that must be done.
“It is only when the country has accurate data then we can know where and when additional intervention is needed,” the Minister asserted, calling for scientifically measurable, monitored and evaluated targets.
He sad government had set up a committee of Ministries of Education, Environment, Information and a number of other government agencies to approach health matters in an integrated manner.
“Time has come for everyone to realise that Health For All can only be achieved with all hands on deck, and the Ministry of Health should be seen to be leading a campaign to ensure that Nigerians do not succumb to illnesses.”
He said the health MDGs target could be achieved by 2015 if the Ministry and the Development Partners work together, Federal Government would achieve the Health related MDGs target before 2015.
Minister of State for Health, Dr. Muhammad Ali Pate, said campaigns such as the Midwife Service Scheme (MSS), polio and measles immunisation, among others had drastically reduced the burden of child killer diseases in Nigeria.