Benue Health Ministry Collaborates DRAC On SRHR Of PWDs

By Denen Achussah

The Benue State Ministry of Health and Human Resources Makurdi, had assured the Disability Rights Advocacy Centre (DRAC) of collaboration to ensure the domestication of the National Policy on Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights (SRHR) of Persons With Disabilities (PWDs) in the state.

Commissioner in charge of the ministry, Dr. Joseph Ngbea, gave the assurance when members of the centre paid him advocacy visit in his office in Makurdi, the Benue State capital.

Dr. Ngbea said his ministry is commited to taking the necessary steps in working with the state government for implementation and adoption of the policy in Benue State to ensure that PWDs especially women and girls have access to sexual and reproductive health services.

He noted that it is unfortunate that PWDs, especially women and girls, are made to face discrimination when accessing health services and noted that the adoption and implementation of the National Policy on SRHR will put an end to the unfortunate situation.

Earlier in her address, the Executive Director of DRAC, Dr Irene Patrick-Ogbogu, who explained the focus of the policy to action project called for the collaboration of the State Ministry of Health to achieve its goals.

Dr. Irene was represented by the centre’s Benue State Coordinator, Rachel Dzever.

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