FG moves to stop child mortality, launches VASA report

The Federal Ministry of Health on Friday launched the report of the 2019 Verbal and Social Autopsy (VASA) study in its bid to put an end to child mortality in the country.

The of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire, said at the launch and the National Dissemination of VASA in , that the report of the study would serve as a tool to improve the health of children.

The VASA study was conducted by the National Population Commission (NPopC) in conjunction with the Federal Ministry of Health with support from the Agency for International (USAID).

The said the 2019 VASA study was thus a vital tool in the critical to improve the health of infants, children and for maternal health.

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

“Data generated in the survey will provide the needed to identify key deficits and channel to address needs.

“It will also be used to monitor and evaluate progress toward meeting the goals of our Universal Health Coverage agenda and of the Sustainable Goal three, with regards to maternal and child health.’’

The thanked the stakeholders for providing the technical support to conduct the survey and appreciated all the other invaluable contributions that supported the of the report.

“I call on Federal Ministries, Departments and Agencies, state governments, local governments, organised private sector and Civil Society Organisations to feel free to make use of the 2019 VASA data for planning and development purposes,” he said.

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