VASA INITIATIVE: Health Minister, Dr Ehanire Hails NPC, Pledges Robust Collaborations Stakeholders

Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire

By Shola Akingboye – 6th November 2020

The Hon. Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire has expressed confidence that the Ministry’s collaboration with the National Population Commission (NPopC) on the official launch and national dissemination of the report of the 2019 Verbal & Social Autopsy Study (VASA), says the initiative is an integral nine priority areas of the current administration and indication of President Buhari’s vision and government’s commitment to promoting the health and well-being of all Nigerians.

The Minister made the assertion in his keynote address at the official launch of the report of the 2019 Verbal & Social Autopsy Study undertaken by the National Population Commission (NPopC) in conjunction with the Federal Ministry of Health in Abuja on Thursday 5th November 2020.

Ehanire could not hide his enthusiasm on the significant of the launch; he noted that the Verbal and Social Autopsy Study provides up-to-date health and social indicators on under-five deaths in Nigeria and the distribution along geopolitical zones and individual States.

He speaks:

“The high ranking of the health sector among the nine priority areas of the current Administration is an indication of the President’s vision and Government’s commitment to promoting the health and well-being of all Nigerians. The 2019 VASA report is thus a vital tool in the critical initiative to improve the health of infants and children and also maternal health”

“I seize the opportunity to make special mention of the lead role played by the National Population Commission (NPC), in generating this vital data. The Ministry of Health will continue to collaborate with the Commission in its effort to achieve its constitutional mandate of providing accurate, credible, verifiable and acceptable demographic and health data for national planning”

“This report is the product of the sound collaboration of several organizations with the National Population Commission, including the Federal Ministry of Health and Development Partners, led by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).”

“It is gratifying to note that the indicators from the report represent key areas of maternal healthcare (women aged 15 – 49, Child Health, Nutrition and Child Mortality.” He stressed.

While applauds stakeholders efforts for the success of the survey at the launching, the minister further stressed that the data generated in the survey will provide the information needed to identify key deficits and channel resources to address developmental needs, as well as monitor and evaluate progress towards meeting the goals of the Universal Health coverage agenda and of the Sustainable Development Goal 3, with regards to maternal and child health.

“I thank all stakeholders for providing the technical support to conduct the survey and I appreciate all the other invaluable contributions that took us to this destination. I look forward to further deepening our relationship”

“In closing, I call on Federal Ministries, Departments and Agencies, State Governments, Local Government, Organized private sector and Civil Society organisations to feel free to make use of the 2019 VASA data for planning and development purposes”

“It is now my honour and pleasure to formally launch the 2019 Verbal and Social Autopsy Study and the National Dissemination report”. The Minister concluded.



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