Groups seek uti­liza­tion of SURE-P MCH fa­cil­i­ties in Ogun

Daily Trust - - HEALTH - From Ke­hinde Akinyemi, Abeokuta

Five non-govern­ment or­gan­i­sa­tions in Ogun State have ad­vo­cated max­i­mum uti­liza­tion of ma­te­ri­als un­der the Ma­ter­nal Child Health (MCH) pro­gramme of the Sub­sidy Rein­vest­ment and Em­pow­er­ment Pro­gramme (SURE-P) in the state.

The groups are wor­ried that lack of use of ma­te­ri­als pro­vided by the govern­ment for the pro­gramme could mar the essence of the pro­gramme, they told selected me­dia rep­re­sen­ta­tives at an ad­vo­cacy fo­rum in Abeokuta.

The groups are the Raise of Hope Foun­da­tion, De­vel­op­ment Con­cept In­ter­na­tional, Pos­i­tive Out­reach Foun­da­tion, Doma Ed­u­ca­tional De­vel­op­ment Foun­da­tion and Bright Rays.

The trio of Mark Folorunso, Taiwo Ade­banjo and Tola Adenekan sub­mit­ted the ma­jor fac­tor mil­i­tat­ing against MCH at the des­ig­nated cen­tres in the state, was that of ma­te­rial uti­liza­tion.

“The ma­te­ri­als were ac­tu­ally avail­able, but not uti­lized. People around these des­ig­nated cen­tres are not com­ing for the free use of the cen­tre, and this could af­fect the set ob­jec­tives of the pro­gramme,” Ade­banjo said.

She added that most of the preg­nant women tar­geted for the pro­gramme “are also un­mind­ful of the fact that they stand to get paid for pa­tron­iz­ing the cen­tres.”

Ac­cord­ing to Folorunso, the ob­jec­tives of the SURE-P MCH Project are to in­crease the avail­abil­ity of skilled health work­ers able to pro­vide ma­te­ri­als and child health ser­vices at pri­mary health care level.

“It is also meant to pro­vide vis­i­ble in­fra­struc­ture up­grades to pri­mary health care cen­tres (PHCs), in­crease sup­ply of es­sen­tial ser­vice com­modi­ties at the pri­mary health care cen­tres in or­der to im­prove ser­vice de­liv­ery and also in­crease the de­mand for MCH ser­vice in vul­ner­a­ble com­mu­ni­ties through the use of Con­di­tional Cash Trans­fer (CCT) and com­mu­nity en­gage­ment at the grass­roots,” he said.

The ad­vo­cacy project, Adenekan ex­plained, be­came nec­es­sary for the 2013 project, which has been zoned to Imeko Afon, Ijebu Ode and Abeokuta South coun­cil ar­eas.”

At Imeko Afon, we have in­ter­ven­tion cen­tres at Afon Pri­mary Health Cen­tre (PHC), Iwoye PHC, Ilara and at Imeko PHCs.

“For Ijebu-ode, we have the cen­tres at Iwade

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