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FG, private sector move to boost manufacturing, distribution of contraceptives

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By Justina Auta

The Federal Government has announced an intensified collaboration with the private sector for the manufacturing and distribution of family planning commodities to enhance Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare Services (SRH) in the country.

The Minister of Health and Social Welfare, Prof. Ali Pate, shared this development on Tuesday during the rebranding ceremony of the Marie Stopes International Organisation in Nigeria, now known as MSI Nigeria Reproductive Choices (MSIN).

Pate, represented by Mrs Jummai Bako-Aiyegbusi, Director of Nutrition, reaffirmed the government’s dedication to ensuring unhindered access to SRH and family planning commodities for Nigerians of reproductive age.

He emphasised the commitment to working closely with the private sector in various aspects, including manufacturing, procurement, storage, and distribution of family planning commodities.

“The ministry is working to deepen collaboration with the private sector in several aspects, including manufacturing, procurement, storage, and distribution of family planning commodities,” he said.

Dr Salma Anas, Special Adviser to the President on Health, highlighted that the rebranding of the organisation aims to promote the provision of quality SRH services, irrespective of individuals’ locations or socio-economic status.

Emmanuel Ajah, Country Director of MSIN, reported significant contributions in 2022, including supporting over 30 per cent of family planning users in the country and providing SRH services to 3.3 million clients.

He underscored the impact, preventing 3.1 million unintended pregnancies and saving thousands of women and girls from maternal mortality.

The rebranding aligns with MSIN’s vision to meet the contraception needs of 1 in 4 women and girls with a client-centered approach, offering a variety of family planning options within reach.

Prof. Bryan Adinma, Chairman of the occasion, emphasised the importance of Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH) rights, while Mr Charles Usie, Country Director of Plan International, reiterated their commitment to supporting MSIN in providing SRH and contraception services.(NAN) www.nannews.ng

Edited by Isaac Aregbesola

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