FG urged to implement one PHC for each electoral ward policy

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By; MOHAMMED KAWU, Bauchi.
The United Nation Children’s Fund UNICEF Nigeria, Bauchi Field Office and the Media have stressed the need for policy makers in the country to expedite action on the planned establishment of one functional primary healthcare center in each of the nation’s electoral wards to reduce deaths rate among children and mothers.
The Federal Government in collaboration with UNICEF has under a new policy in health mapped out 10, 000 electoral wards to meet the maternal and neo-natal health needs of the country.
The policy was unveiled at a two day zonal training on ethical reporting of children’s issues‎ for media which ended Thursday at Jimeyeri Visitors Suites, Gombe with participants drawn from the Bauchi zonal Office states of the fund.
The states that comprised the zone are Bauchi, Gombe, Adamawa, Taraba, Plateau and Jigawa, during which the objectives were explicitly enumerated to include identifying areas where child rights are violated in the society with a view to upholding them.
Other objectives, the meeting spelt out, are to acquire skill information on child right issues and to strengthen partnership among stakeholders aimed at entrenching those rights, as well as to ensure the protection and survival of children and health of their mothers.
The meeting noted with delight the establishment of one primary healthcare centre per wards, saying the policy will go a long way in drastically reducing the high rate of maternal and neo-natal deaths.
It said that journalists should strive to highlight in their reportage and programmes, the children’s rights to survive, to develop, to be protected, to privacy, to education, to have views and to express them, as well as freedom of expression and access to media.
“There are also the rights to life, and basic needs of existence such as nutrition, shelter, access to health, education, information, leisure, cultural activities, adequate condition of living, and freedom of thought, conscience and religion”
Participants rose from the training with also a call on the society to protect children from any form of abuse, neglect and exploitation, and the need for the media to maintain the highest standards of ethical conduct in reporting children affairs”
Also speaking, Bauchi Radio Corporation (BRC) Research and Documentation officer, Umar Mohammed Shira charged participants in particular and journalists in general to ensure effective enforcement of child rights in communities of their domains

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