Women Friendly Initiative (WFI), a Non-Governmental Organisation, has advocated for full implementation of national guidelines to promote access of young people to adolescent and youth-friendly health services.
The Chief Executive Officer of the NGO, Dr Francis Eremutha, made the call while briefing newsmen on Wednesday in Lafia to mark the International Youth Day (IYD) 2020, with the theme “Youth Engagement for Global Action.”
The UN General Assembly in 1999 endorsed the recommendation made by the World Conference of Ministers Responsible for Youth (Lisbon, Aug. 8- Aug. 12, 1998) that Aug. 12 be declared International Youth Day.
The theme of the 2020 IYD seeks to highlight the ways in which the engagement of young people at the local, national and global levels is enriching national and multilateral institutions and processes, as well as draw lessons on how their representation and engagement in formal institutional politics can be significantly enhanced.
It will also shed light on the need to enable the engagement of youth by making local, national and global institutions more inclusive for the purpose of strengthening youths’ capacity and relevance to achieve global action.
Eremutha said that the guidelines should be integrated into services provided by primary healthcare facilities in the country.
He added that access to health services played a significant role in young people’s health, hence the need for states to be more committed to the implementation of national guidelines to enhance the health of young people.