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Minister of Health, Isaac Adewole unveils 'Better Health 4 All' Initiative

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Nigeria, a country with about 200 million people, the necessity for strengthening its health system can never be over-emphasized. The Minister, Prof. Isaac Adewole, during press briefing yesterday, launched the Rapid Results Initiative (RRI) of the Federal Ministry of Health (FMoH), at the National Press Centre, Radio House, Abuja. Adewole unveiled the RRI strategic focus and action plans of the project’s modulus operandi within the next 100 days. The RRI - ‘Better Health for All’ project would be deployed in seven major areas that are thought to conform to both local and international health priorities as well as well-motivated teams are on standby he added. Under the project, he said 110 Primary Health Centres will be revamped, one in each senatorial district. The RRI will be established and inaugurate 30 operational ‘Mutual Health Association' at community level to improve access to affordable and qualitative health care he stated. More so, the RRI will focus on treating 200,000 Severe Acutely Malnourished (SAM) children under 5 in the north-eastern region and intensive efforts will be concentrated on Borno and Yobe the two most affected states. Under this intervention, 10,000 surgeries including but not limited to Cleft Lip, Myomectomy, Herniorrphaphy, Vescico-Vagina Fusula (VVF) will be conducted in 46 tertiary hospitals for indigent Nigerians. In a bid to control disease outbreak, the project proposed to have at least one laboratory in each of the geo-political zone including the FCT to build resilient health care system. The Non Communicable Disease division of FMoH will partner with Novo Nordisk Pharmaceutical Company to screen about 500,000 Nigerians for diabetes and would be referred to capable facilities if need be. And also, FMoH will collaborate with Roche Nigeria to screen 40,000 Nigerians for Hepatitis B. Prof. Adewole urged “Nigerians to join in to implement the set ambitious goals with the next 100 exciting days of interesting challenges”.