Akwa Ibom House of Assembly to enact laws that promote women’s wellbeing
Written by COMFORT 95.1FM on June 26, 2019
Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly has pledged its support to the State Ministry of Health with laws that will enhance access to sexual and reproductive health services of adolescent girls and women in the state.
Speaker, Aniekan Bassey, said this when he received a delegation from the State Ministry of Health and the United Nations Population Fund, led by the Permanent Secretary, at the Ministry, Mbuk Inyang.
Bassey said in the sixth Assembly, the Primary Healthcare Bill was passed, adding that the 7th Assembly will consolidate on that to improve the sexual and reproductive health of Akwa Ibom people.
He urged the Technical Partners from the United Nations Population Fund to extend the Integrated Approach to Empowering Adolescent Girls and Women project to more Local Government Areas in the State, to enable more people benefit from it.
On his part, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Health, Mbuk Inyang, pointed out that the initiative seeks to strengthen the availability of quality family planning information and services in the State, thereby increasing the Contraceptives Prevalence Rate to the National target of thirty six per cent.
According to Inyang, the project will be implemented in seventy five Primary Healthcare Facilities spread across the three Senatorial Districts in twelve Local Government Areas, namely Abak, Etim Ekpo, Itu, Ikot Ekpene, Nsit Ibom, Obot Akara, Onna, Udung Uko, Ukanafun and Urue-Offong/Oruku.