THE ministry of Health and Child Care (MoHCC) says there has been a steady improvement in the uptake of Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn, Child and Adolescent Health (RMNCAH) for the first time since the national lockdown was effected in March this year.
According to the health ministry, there was a decline in the utilization of Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn, Child, Adolescent Health (RMNCAH) services such as family planning, antenatal care, postnatal care and other reproductive health services, particularly in the month of April 2020.
The decline was due to challenges related to the demand and supply side of health service provision and was exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic.
“However, since May 2020, the provision and utilization of RMNCAH services has improved steadily across the country. This is likely due to improved availability of PPE, training of health workers, improved availability of public transport and increased community education among other factors.”
They added that as the world commemorates the World Population Day, in-spite of the health systems challenges, the MoHCC will continue with multi-sectoral engagement in exploring ways to ensure that the public continues to access RMNCAH services and other non COVID -19 essential care services at all levels of care.
“The Ministry of Health and Child Care (MoHCC) has been working with other government ministries, the private sector, development partners, Non-Governmental Organizations, Faith Based Organizations and the community at large to maintain continuity of Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn, Child and Adolescent Health (RMNCAH) service provision.”