Abeokuta— Nestlé Nutrition Institute Africa, NNIA, commemorated World Health Day 2018 in collaboration with the Ogun State Ministry of Health by training primary healthcare professionals in Abeokuta on Friday. World Health Day is celebrated annually on 7 April. The theme for 2018 is Universal Health Coverage: Everyone, Everywhere.
According to the World Health Organisation, the focus for this year is to ensure that everyone can get quality health services, where and when they need them, without suffering financial hardship.
Addressing the press at the Ogun State Secretariat, the Commissioner for Health, Dr. Babatunde Ipaye said: “Currently, about 800 million people, which constitutes 12 per cent of the world’s population, spend at least 10 per cent of their household budget on health needs. Of this number, about 100 million suffer financial hardship because of out-of-pocket health expenditure.”
He added that half of the world’s population is unable to obtain essential health services due to poverty. Dr. Ipaye said that the World Health Day 2018 provided another opportunity to strengthen the health care system in Ogun State in partnership with stakeholders like NNIA which supported the state’s efforts by delivering a capacity building training to primary Health Care Professionals, HCPs, on Friday.
110 Primary Health Care Professionals from Abeokuta North Local Government Area of Ogun State participated in the training on Malnutrition in the First Years of Life: Its Assessment and Management. Giving the welcome address at the flag-off of the training at the Nigeria Medical Association, NMA House in Abeokuta, the NNIA representative, Dr. Omotayo Omoteso shed light on the objectives of the training.
“Global studies have shown that malnutrition is an underlying factor in 55 per cent of all child deaths, with Nigeria largely affected by the scourge. Each year, about one million Nigerian children die and more than half of these deaths are traceable to malnutrition. This situation calls for urgent multi-stakeholder action,” he said.
Nestle Nutrition Institute Africa is, therefore, happy to collaborate with the Ogun State Government in its efforts to address malnutrition in the first 1,000 days of life. This is in line with our commitment to bridge the gap between science and the practical application of nutrition to ensure a healthier, brighter future for children. We therefore welcome this opportunity to contribute through the development of the capabilities of Primary Health Care Professionals here in Ogun State.” The Ogun State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Babatunde Ipaye revealed some of the measures that the state has put in place to improve maternal and child health. One of these is a state funded social insurance scheme popularly called Araya.
Since its inception in 2014, the scheme has enrolled over 23,000 people. The commissioner expressed his appreciation to NNIA for providing support towards the delivery of the health mandate of the administration.