Good news for public health planning, evaluation and research. The Federal Government has said it would on July 24, formally launch a nationwide child birth registration strategy. OK…its just the strategy….but that's great. At least the government now seems to be planning.
We still await eagerly a new Minister of Health. Looking at the list sent to the Senate for screening, it is hard to pick an obvious choice. The one most taunted in the past few months, Prof Dora Akunyili, was not on the final list to the surprise of many. Reason? One making the rounds is that she was dropped because she closed down Aliko Dangote's factory in Kano over the Vitamin A issue. Wheat Semolina (Danvita) produced by Dangote' company was alleged not to have been fully fortified with vitamin A. THISDAY frames it thus: A woman very stubborn on principles, she reportedly told them that even if it was her blood brother that owned the factory, she would have applied the laws of the land in full. Therefore, fellow Nigerians, Prof. Akunyili is not qualified to be in Yar'Adua's cabinet!
While many Nigerians still scratch their heads to figure out how the health sector reforms affected their lives in the last 8 years, one article suggest that these said will manifest on the lives of the people in the years to come. But at this point, other than the efforts of NAFDAC, there was little else that the man on the street can identify with. But we are hopeful.