In its determination to strengthen and ensure qualitative and efficient health care delivery, reduce maternal, newborn and child deaths, the Ogun State Government has said it remained committed to ensuring a zero maternal and child mortality in the state.
The wife of the Ogun State Governor, Dr (Mrs.) Olufunsho Amosun stated this during the Flag -Off ceremony of the December, 2017 Round of Maternal, Newborn and Child Health Week (MNCHW) and induction of Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn, Child, Adolescent Health Champions (RMNCAH) held at Sango Primary Health Centre in Ado- Odo/Ota Local Government Area of the State.
Mrs Amosun, in a statement jointly signed by the Press Officers, Ogun State Primary Health Care Board, Mrs. Yemisi Fashola and Shola Ogunbanwo, assured that the state government was committed at improving maternal health and reducing child mortality, saying no woman should die in the process of giving birth and neither should children die in the process of child birth.
“I strongly believe that women shouldn’t die in the process of giving birth and neither should children die in the process of coming to life. Therefore there is need to strengthen the health system to reduce maternal, newborn and child mortality and I speak confidently when I say that the Ogun State Government is committed to improving maternal health and reducing child mortality”. She said.
Mrs Amosun noted that the MNCHW campaign was essential at ensuring progress in the realization of the State’s children right to good health care and best start in life, adding that it aimed at improving the healthcare of the whole family, especially pregnant women and children under five.
Earlier in his remarks, Commissioner for Health, Dr Babatunde Ipaye, enjoined parents and guardian to avail their children and wards of ages 0-5 the advantage of the programme, highlighting some of the free health services to be provided to include: routine immunization, de-worming, malnutrition testing, vitamin a supplementation as well as free counselling and testing on HIV/AIDS and health education on key household practices.
Ipaye noted that the present administration had put in place measures to boost primary health care delivery to build and renovate defective health centres, employ health personnel, train and retrain existing health workers, provide drugs, maintain cold and central medical stores in the State.