The Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria – Partnership for Advocacy in Child and Family Health @Scale Project (PSN-PACFAH@Scale) has solicited the support of the National Association of Nigerian Nurses and Midwives (NANNM) on reduction of maternal and under five deaths.
Programme manager, PSN-PACFAH@Scale, Mr Ibrahim Ayuba, made the call when the organisation paid an advocacy visit to NANNM, yesterday in Abuja.
Ayuba specifically noted areas of collaboration to include routine immunisation, increased access to Childhood Pneumonia and Diarrhoea management in Nigeria and family planning.
Other areas of collaboration include the inclusion of Community Pharmacists (CPs) and Patent and Proprietary Medicines Vendors (PPMVs) in the Task Shifting and Task Sharing (TSTS) policy of the government to ensure efficient healthcare delivery.
Ayuba lamented the poor access to life-saving drugs blaming such lapses for the 854,000 of the 7,028,000 annual under five live-birth mortality as revealed by 2013 National Demographic and Health Survey (NDHS).
He however emphasised that mainstreaming the use of Amoxicillin Dispersible Tablet (AMX DT) for Pneumonia and co-pack Zinc/Low Osmolarity Oral Rehydration Salt for Diarrhoea, would save the lives of many innocent children from these diseases.
Ayuba specifically noted that based on the 2013 NDHS, about 196,420 of the 854,000 annual under five deaths in Nigeria are caused by Pneumonia and Diarrhoea.
According to him, Pneumonia and Diarrhoea accounted for the second and third leading causes of under-five mortality globally.
President of NANNM, Mr Abdulrafiu Adeniji, emphasised that no health practitioners are indispensable adding that all professionals must work together to ensure better health for the masses.
The president who identified pharmacists as their professional colleagues emphasised that they need to work together to ensure the patient gets the desired care.