Niger State Women Advocate Functional Primary Healthcare Centres
Women in Niger State have called for immediate steps to strengthen maternal newborn and child health in the state.
They made the call at a town hall meeting in Wushishi Local Government Area of the state.
The opportunity of the meeting gave women the avenue to ask for better health care services.
A mother, Hajiya Binta Umar who described the challenges faced by pregnant women in the area as unfortunate, called on the state government to ensure that primary health centres are well equipped.
For Habiba Maikundi, the long distance people have to go through before getting medical attention should be checked to protect the lives of both the mother and child especially during birth.
Others who complained about inadequate manpower, also advocated provision of security for the health centres as some of them were located in isolated areas.
Responding, the Permanent Secretary of the State Ministry of Health, Doctor Ahmed Makusidi said efforts would be intensified to address all the issues raised.
The Director General of the state Primary Health Care Agency, Yahaya Nauzo noted that Ward Development Communities would be strengthened to enable government meet the health needs of the people .
The National Coordinator of the White Ribbon Alliance, organisers of the event, Mr. Tonte Ibraye enjoined Nigerians to always demand good governance from their leaders.