President Goodluck Jonathan made the pledge yesterday in Abuja during the Presidential launch of the National Operational Plan for the Elimination of Mother to Child Transmission(eMTCT) of HIV in Nigeria by 2020. He called for political commitment at all levels of government to increase the momentum in the effort to achieve eMTCT of HIV, advising that no child deserves to be born with HIV and no mother deserves to die of AIDS.
The President was represented by Vice President, Namadi Sambo, he stressed further that the 2013 Demographic and Health Survey showed that six in 10 women receive ante natal care (ANC) from a skilled provider, which implies that 30 per cent of them did not receive ANC services from a skilled provider. “Nigeria is still faced with several gaps towards improving health outcomes in the country, including funding and access to health facilities” He added.
He noted some weaknesses that require urgent attention regarding Primary health care service due to inadequate infrastructures. “There are still challenges with bringing services closer to the communities through the primary health care system, as a result of infrastructural decay, inadequate and mismatch of human resources for health, inadequate funding for service delivery and lack of enabling policies for key interventions, which are partly linked to limited political leadership and ownership at the states and local government levels.” He explained