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Paediatricians advocate full implementation of Child’s Right Act

Paediatricians advocate full implementation of Child’s Right Act


…set for 52nd/53rd AGM, Scientific Conference in Uyo

By Uwakmfon Dan

The Paediatric Association of Nigeria (PAN), has called for the full domestication and implementation of the Child’s Rights Act 2003, by states in Nigeria.

The Association frowned at incessant cases of child molestations across the country, noting that if fully domesticated and executed by states, the Child’s Rights Act will help curtail the ugly trend.

Briefing newsmen at the Paediatric Association Seminar Room, University of Uyo Teaching Hospital on Monday, as part of activities for its the 52nd/53rd Annual General Meeting and Scientific Conference, President of the Association, Prof. Edward Alikor, revealed that about twelve states were yet to domesticate the Child’s Rights Act.

He described the situation as a setback in the fight against child abuse.

“We can’t talk about Child Abuse without talking about the Child’s Right Act 2003. All the states were supposed to domestic the law. It is sad that twelve states haven’t domesticated the law but fortunately, Akwa Ibom State is not one of them. So we’re gathered here in Uyo to urge those states, to not only domestics the law, but to also implement it”, he said.

Alikor disclosed that the 52nd/53rd Annual General Meeting and Scientific Conference of the Association with the Theme “Child Abuse: An Escalating Menace In Nigeria”, was designed to spark discussions on child healthcare, adolescent depression and suicide, as well as genetics in child health, among other topical issues.

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He said the event which begins on Tuesday, January 18, through Saturday, January 22, 2022, would feature a PAN Walk to create awareness, courtesy visits to relevant stakeholders as well technical and non-technical sessions.

While inviting the general public to the conference, Prof. Alikor appealed for support from the media in the fight against child abuse.

“The most important thing we’ve been doing is creating awareness and advocacy with the government. We try to make sure that the government buys into the law. When there is more pressure and enlightenment on the disadvantages of not implementing the law from the press. So we’ll continue to have seminars and sessions with the press to let them have an idea on why the Child’s Rights Law should be fully implemented”, he added.

The 52nd/53rd Annual General Meeting and Scientific Conference of the Paediatric Association of Nigeria is scheduled to hold at the Amunice Centre, 85 Aka Itiam Road, Uyo.

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