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Ogun State chapter Nestlé Nutrition Institute Africa (NNIA) has commemorated World Health Day 2018 in collaboration with the Ogun State Ministry of Health by training primary healthcare professionals in Abeokuta.

The theme for 2018 is “Universal Health Coverage: Everyone, Everywhere”.

According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), the focus for this year is to ensure that all people can get quality health services, where and when they need them, without suffering financial hardship.

Addressing the press at the Ogun State Secretariat, the Commissioner For Health, Dr. Babatunde Ipaye said, currently, about 800 million people, which constitutes 12 percent of the world’s population, spend at least 10 percent of their household budget on health needs.

Of this number, the commissioner said that about 100 million suffer financial hardship because of out of pocket health expenditure.

Dr. Ipaye said that the World Health Day 2018 provided another opportunity for strengthening the health care system in Ogun State in partnership with stakeholders like Nestlé Nutrition Institute Africa (NNIA) who supported the state’s efforts by delivering a capacity building training to primary Health Care Professionals (HCPS) on friday.

110 primary health care professionals from Abeokuta North local government area of Ogun State participated in the training on malnutrition in the first years of life, its assessment and management.

Giving the welcome address at the flag-off of the training at the Nigeria Medical Association (NMA) house in Abeokuta, the NNIA representative, Dr. Omotayo Omoteso  said Nestle Nutrition Institute Africa is therefore happy to collaborate with the Ogun State Government in its efforts to address malnutrition in the first 1000 days of life.

Dr. Ipaye expressed his appreciation to Nestlé Nutrition Institute Africa (NNIA) for providing support towards the delivery of the health mandate of the administration.

 

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