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Meet the First Female Deputy General for the National Agency for Control of AIDS – Dr. Temitope Ilori

” Help! Help! Help! That was the loud sound I heard coming from my first child at about 6 pm on a fateful Friday evening after having dinner. I quickly rushed out from the kitchen where I was and saw my child ( last born) lying on the floor with bleeding from his nose. As a mother, I tried beating his chest because he had lost consciousness and then rushed him to the nearest hospital. 

My child was revived but was left with some body parts weaknesses. I was given a list of drugs to buy and told to start physiotherapy when he was four years old; I did not have money to book physiotherapy sessions, but hoping and believed his situation would improve as such an incident hadn’t occurred in my family lineage.

The World Health Organization

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), “All around the world, the core challenges consistently compromising the right to health are political inaction and a lack of accountability and funding, compounded by intolerance, discrimination, and stigma. Populations facing marginalization or vulnerability suffer the most, such as people who live in poverty, are displaced, are older, or live with disabilities”.

To address these types of challenges, the theme for World Health Day 2024 is ‘My health, my right.’ It was chosen to champion the right of everyone, everywhere, to have access to quality health services, education, and information, as well as safe drinking water, clean air, good nutrition, quality housing, decent working and environmental conditions, and freedom from discrimination (WHO).

First Female NACA DG, Lawmaker, Others Seek Collective Effort to Tackle Pressing Health Issues in Nigeria

First Female Director-General of the National Agency for Control of AIDS (NACA)

To ensure access to quality health care for all Nigerians, the First Female Director-General of the National Agency for Control of AIDS (NACA), Dr. Temitope Ilori, assured that the expectation of President Bola Tinubu on this course would be achieved.

The NACA DG, who solicited the support of the National Assembly for improved budgetary allocations to the health sector, stressed that the strategic alignment is geared towards enhancing the effectiveness of efforts aimed at combating HIV/AIDS and promoting public health.

She stressed further that collaborative efforts signify a proactive approach to addressing pressing health challenges and advancing socio-economic development.

Enhancing The Physical And Mental Well-Being Of Citizens

Lawmaker Senator Alli sought the collaboration of the National Agency for Control of AIDS (NACA) towards enhancing the physical and mental well-being of citizens.

Alli, one of the newly inaugurated members of the Economic Community of West Africa States (ECOWAS) Parliament, pledged readiness to collaborate with NACA in various areas, including advocacy, campaigns, and other beneficial projects aimed at enlightening and enhancing the welfare of constituents in his senatorial district and the nation at large.

Managing Director, Society for Family Health (SFH), Omokhudu Idogho said achieving universal health coverage and equity are central to reaching the global goals by 2030 and boosting shared prosperity. “Our commitment is universal, and we are putting more investment towards expanding access to vital services for poor women and children”. 

“At SFH, our strategic vision goes beyond looking at health as a silo, but also looking at the determinants of health. For example, we reached over a million people in 2023 through many interventions to improve water quality, family planning, and economic strengthening to play a critical role in addressing the alarming increase in chronic conditions, communicable diseases, and injuries.”

In Lagos, a state council reiterated the federal / state government’s commitment to delivering quality and affordable health care to all by approving a 100 percent pay rise for Doctors.

Chairman of the local government Fuad Atanda-Lawal, who recently approved the pay rise for the medical doctors attached to all the primary health centres in the council area noted that community and mid-level workers constitute the backbone of primary health care. 

He noted that the increments were considered after extensive deliberations on the need to ensure that all residents of the council area had access to comprehensive, quality, and affordable health care. 

Strengthening The Quality And Availability Of Health Services

Speaking on the importance of health sector financing, a young, promising female nurse, Temiloluwa Okunola, said adequate funding helps strengthen health services’ quality and availability.

Okunola, the founder of a rural community-based initiative in Nigeria, offers door-to-door teaching on reproductive health, proper hygiene, and girls’ and women’s rights.

Enhancing overall funding in the health sector through collective efforts will promote sustainable development growth and build resilience against future health hazards.

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Tolu Laniyan

I'm Tolu Laniyan, and I'm passionate about writing engaging content for everyday life. I specialize in topics on Reproductive health, Child development, Food & Nutrition.


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