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Last week in Lagos during the 2017 pre-budget meeting with directors of health, planning, research, statistics and finance from Kaduna, Nassarawa and oyo states. They called for transparency in budget and public finance management towards 40 enabling the country achieve its  SDG 3 targets.Expressing their unhappiness over the continued deaths of Nigeria children and women, they urge the 3 tiers of government to ensure increased allocation to health in the 2017 budget as well as comply with the statutory alloction of basic healthcare provison fund, as enshrined in the national health act 2014. Speaking during the meeting, the programme director (strategy), pharmaceutical society of Nigeria and partnership for advocacy in child and family health, Pharm, Remi Adeseun stated that with adequate financing, some of the difficulties which leads to the death of children and women could be prevented.

 Adeseun said that in Nigeria,111 women and girls die daily from pregnancy and childbirth associated causes due to high unwanted pregnancies and low use of contraceptives. Increased uptakes of modern family planning services will continue to the reduction of about 33% of MMR, 25% under 5 mortality. About 1.6 million unwanted pregnancies will be averted yearly as well as 400,000 infant deaths and 700,000 child deaths. One in five Nigerian children that dies before their 5th birthday is due to a vaccine preventable disease. Vaccination as a health intervention has rescued millions of Nigerian children. We should try our best to keep saving the lives of our children instead of allowing them them to die and we keep burying them due to inadequate financing of routine immunization in the Nigeria.

The government needs to create specific budget lines for procurement of essential commodities, timely release of allocated funds, capacity building for front line health workers on the proper use of the recommended drugs. On his part, the project Director civil society scaling up nutrition in Nigeria Mr. Sunday Okoronkwo identified malnutrition as a silent killer of Nigeria children and also reduces their cognitive function. Okoronkwo called for creation of specific budget line for nutrition in the ministries of health, agriculture, education and other related sector ministries and implementation of national strategic plan of action for nutrition in Nigeria. 

Read more at: http://www.vanguardngr.com/2016/11/2017.

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