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Nigeria: Society urges FG to implement 2014 National Health Act
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By Ayoola Ponmile
October 9, 2016 16:09:54pm GMT      |      Views: 629
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WorldStage Newsonline-- The Society of the Gynaecology and Obstetrics of Nigeria (SOGON) has called on the Federal Government to implement the National Health Act of 2014 in order to ensure universal health coverage for all citizens.

In a communiqué issued after its 50th annual general meeting held in Akure at the weekend and signed by its President Prof Brian-D Adinma and Secretary General, Dr. Chris Agboghoroma, SOGON also requested from government to give free antenatal care and delivery for every mother.

SOGON advised the government to encourage family planning in order to give room for maternal mortality reduction and also in human development in every nation.

It requested that the federal, states and local government, non-governmental organisations and CSOs should put in place necessary machinery to ensure the access of all Nigerians to free and informed family planning services.

This it said would enable the achievement of the Federal Government commitment to the attainment of Contraceptive Prevalence Rate (CPR) currently at 14%, to 36% by 2018.

Part of the communiqué also read, “There is dire need of greater political will on the part of Government in the formulation and implementation of policies to enhance maternal and newborn health.

“SOGON haven commenced the Volunteer Obstetrician Scheme (VOS), will ensure sustained commitment to its implementation nationwide as part of its contribution to improving maternal health.

“The Government of Nigeria should ensure every graduating medical officer is placed in the housemanship programme without much delay

“The conference condemns the practice of Gender-based Violence and the medicalization of the practice of FGM and called on government and its members to help in eliminating these practices at every level.”

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