Friday, 19 November 2021

FG Rollout Self-Care Intervention, Train Stakeholders on WHO Guidelines in Calabar

Nigeria is working to achieve universal health coverage, with the rollout of self-care intervention – an initiative that the Federal Ministry of Health says is crucial in order to reach the Sustainable Development Goal for improving the health of women and their children.

The main goal of the self-care intervention is to scale up DMPA-SC self-injection and self-care interventions to reduce Nigeria's currently unacceptable maternal mortality rate.

Speaking on the sidelines of a two day workshop for key stakeholders and partners held in Calabar, the Country coordinator of the John Snow International on the Access Collaborative project, Adefalu Adewole, said the organization is working with the federal ministry of health to disseminate information on the SELF-CARE guidelines.

Also speaking, deputy director, reproductive health division, federal ministry of health, Remi Bajomo, said the SELF-CARE guidelines are designed to empower individuals to take charge of their health after getting the appropriate information from health care experts, in a bid to reduce the work burden on health facilities.

Bajomo further explained that the reproductive health division in the ministry, said World Health Organization (WHO) initiated it and was domesticated and became imperative for Nigerians to be orientated.

"Due to the shortage of health professionals in Nigeria, It became imperative for individuals to be taught Self-Care to enable them handle basic health needs, using certain simple kits etc. Self-Care and usage of self-injectable contraceptives is all about doing those medical practices that are not complicated, like taking one's temperature, etc that can be done at home.

Self-Care is also about sexual and reproductive health. Guidelines on injectable contraceptives, for instance, it enables women in particular to have basic health knowledge."

Bajomo also maintained that it is the ability of individuals, families and communities to promote health, prevent disease and cope with illness and disability with or without support of healthcare provider.

Participants were taught what roles and actions required by health workers, local government, state and stakeholders on implementation of the self-care guidelines.

Commissioner for health in the state, Dr Betta Edu commended the federal government for adapting the WHO guidelines on Self-Care, urging stakeholders and beneficiaries not to abuse it.