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MDGs village health project launched

09 February 2014, 07:53Augustine Osayande

Abuja - First Lady, Patience Jonathan, has launched the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) Village Health Workers Scheme to enhance locals' access to healthcare.

The initiative has been launched at the State House in Abuja.

Speaking at the launch, the First Lady said the Village Health Workers Scheme was a demonstration of the firm commitment of the administration of President Goodluck Jonathan to giving Nigerians access to better medical care at the grassroots and creating jobs for the rural populace.

She added that the scheme would facilitate improved use of medical facilities in the local communities. Chairman of the House Committee on MDGs, Alhassan Ado Doguwa, commended the collaborative efforts between the Federal Government and the State

"All local government areas, no matter how remote and hard to reach should be involved in the scheme," Doguwa said during the launch.

The Senior Special Assistant to the President on MDGs, Precious Gbeneol in her remarks explained that the objective of the project was in accordance with the internationally accepted concept for creating demand for health services.

Health features prominently in the list of eight MDGs the United Nations
established in 2000.

The MDGs aim to reduce child mortality, improve maternal health and combatHIV/AIDS, among other objectives by 2015.

- CAJ News

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