he Federal Capital Territory Health and Human Services Secretariat (HHSS) launched the FCT Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn, Child, Adolescent, Elderly, Health plus Nutrition(RMNCAEH+N) Quality of Care (Q.o.C) operational plan document.
Speaking at the occasion the Acting Secretary FCT Health & Human Services Secretariat Dr. Mohammed Kawu said that the FCT- HHSS with support of partners since 2018 has been leveraging the Quality of Care (QoC) initiative to reduce Post-Partum Haemorrhage and hypothermia in newborn as well as improve the control of Anemia, Diabetes Mellitus, Hypertension and Obesity among women of reproductive age. Steering and Technical Committees has been inaugurated to provide stewardship and oversight to this initiative.
Dr Kawu who was represented by the Director Special Duties Dr Mathew Ashikeni said that Government has also made huge investments with the provision of basic medical equipment, mama kits and other consumables to 10 QoC facilities, engagement and posting of midwives to the QoC facilities, and training of midwives on Essential Newborn care.
He added that part of the intervention approaches, Quality Improvement (QI) teams have been set up in 26 healthcare facilities (15 PHC, 6 Secondary Facilities and 5 Private Facilities) in the 3 Area councils of AMAC, Bwari and Kwali.
Onsite skills-based training has been conducted for frontline health workers in these facilities on identifying and solving problems at their levels without seeking significant additional resources. In the same vein, periodic Quality Improvement (QI) coaching, clinical mentoring and peer-to-peer learning is ongoing to support knowledge sharing amongst these facilities with community engagement.
Furthermore, we are excited at the current efforts by IHP to expand QI coverage in FCT from 26 to 138 Health facilities 62 PHC centres, 14 General Hospitals and 62 Private Health Facilities he added.
Dr Kawu mentain that many women and their babies die from poor care practices even after reaching a health facility. Improving patient safety, quality of care and experience of care for mothers and newborns around the time of birth are therefore highly critical to improving their health outcomes and reducing morbidity and mortality.
Acting Secretary said it has been the desire of the FCT Administration to witness both the launch of the operational plan document that will guide this expansion and the inauguration of additional governance structures at the Area Council and Health Facility levels to help midwife the initiative and entrench its sustainability in the FCT.
Speaking at the event one of the partners from JHPIEGO represented by it’s Tech.Advisor Dr Comfort E Okpe expressed their pleasure at the milestone launch of the operational plan and prayed for the seamless implemented of the operational plan and for the QoC to be standard in Nigeria and all its health facilities in order to reduce maternal mortality.
The World Health Organization (WHO) represented by the Technical officer family and Reproductive health Dr Muyiwa Ojo expressed appreciation to leadership of the HHSS under Dr Mohammed Kawu and implored for more of government collaborations with the private sector for future development projects.
Samuel R Musa