By CHIOMA OBINNA
TOWARDS promoting youth sexual rights and health information and services,and facilitate the national scale-up of youth-friendly health service provision, the Federal Ministry of Health in collaboration with Action Health Incorporated (AHI) with funding support from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation recently convened a dialogue on provision of youth friendly health services.
The dialogue which held in Abuja with over participants drawn from the ministries, agencies, UN system and Private Foundations attended the dialogue was to mobilise partners, agencies and donors to commit and buy-in to the national programme roll-out of youth-friendly health service provision as well as explore mechanisms for sustainability.
It provided a platform for participants to deliberate on the current situation of YFHS provision in Nigeria as well as explore strategies and mechanisms to increase youth access to SRH services.
In her views at the dialogue session, Dr. Bridget Okoeguale, Director, Family and Adolescent Health Department, FMOH and the Chairperson in her opening speech noted that young people are faced with several SRH challenges stressing the need to protect and promote their rights to SRH information and services.