The Minister applauded the Sokoto State Government for purchasing two life-saving drugs.
The Minister of State for Health, Muhammad Pate, has called state governments in Nigeria to action towards saving the lives of mothers and babies in their respective states.
Mr. Pate, at a news conference in Abuja on Wednesday, applauded the Sokoto State Government for its leadership in pioneering the purchase of two life-saving drugs that have shown huge impact in maternal and newborn survival: Misoprostol, which helps in prevention of postpartum hemorrhage (bleeding in women after child delivery) and Chlorhexidine, used in the prevention of newborn cord infection.
He called on other state governments to take a cue from Sokoto State’s initiative, an effort to save one million lives by 2015 in fulfillment of the Millennium Development Goals four and five- reducing child mortality and improving maternal health by 2015 respectively.
While recognizing the need for immediate action by the other state governments, he encouraged the use of existing harmonization mechanisms to implement policies in building on Nigeria’s “Saving One Million Lives” initiative and other best practices.
“I urge other state governments to undertake a review of the status of Chlorhexidine and Misoprostol opportunities, bottlenecks and gaps in their respective states and engage other stakeholders including parliaments, private sector, civil society, technical and financial development partners to develop effective scale-up plans founded on evidence based strategies leading to prioritization of high impact interventions,” Mr. Pate said.
He also encouraged state governments to work out development partners and stakeholders in taking necessary action towards a sustainable access and use of these two life-saving commodities and to allocate additional funding and sustainable budget lines for these commodities by 2015.