By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan.
Governor Abiola Ajimobi has said Oyo State Government will support the Nigerian Urban Reproductive Heath Initiative (NURHI) in reducing maternal mortality and infant mortality rates in the state.
The governor stated this in Ibadan while speaking at the commissioning of some medical equipment donated to 20 health facilities in the state by NURHI.
Speaking through the state Commissioner for Health, Dr Abdulazeez Adeduntan, the governor declared that the present administration in the state is committed into reducing maternal mortality and infant mortality rates in the state to the barest minimum.
According to him, there will be no going back in the state government’s determination at ensuring zero maternal and infant mortality rates in and across the nooks and crannies of Oyo State.
“We in Oyo State as part of our commitment will ensure that we reduce maternal mortality and infant mortality rates in the state to the barest minimum,” he said.
The governor who commended NURHI for its contributions towards uplifting the status of women and children in particular in the state, assured NUHRI of the state government’s total support in all its activities.
“We want to commission these materials to the glory of God, mankind and women and children in Oyo State. On behalf of the Governor of Oyo State, Senator Abiola Ajimobi, I want to pledge the support of the government that there will be no daylight between the ministry of health and your organisation”.
The Commissioner while speaking further said “on behalf of my brother, I want to commend the organisation in their support for women and women. Why, because women and children are the most important in any society. In terms of maternal mortality Nigeria is one of the highest in the world, we as government, they have our total support by supporting them to reduce the maternal mortality and infant mortality rates in the state.
“We are pledging that any organisation that want to help the people of the state have our total support. To that end, I on behalf of the governor want to pledge our support for them.
NURHI Project Director in Nigeria, Dr. Mojisola Odeku in her remark said NURHI’s previous achievements propelled a donor to support it in the provision of equipment needed in the health facilities in the state in a bid to alleviate the suffering of the poor, especially women and children.
Dr Odeku added that NURHi is making use of Total Management Approach (TMA) in reaching out to the needy, saying,”the people who are impressed came to our rescue. What we are doing today is to support women, you are aware of the situation. That is why we are supporting them so that women can get optimum support.
“These items are not available in those facilities; these are basic equipment, infection prevention materials, the waiting chairs, just to make them comfortable. We are now working on 59 facilities. This is the first batch, we are commissioning the equipment donated to 20 health facilities in this first batch of the donation. Today, I am excited that the commissioner is already keying into our vision, that all family planning clinics should have all the equipment”.
Dr Odeku pointed out that the “core value of NURHI is to support the existing structure, it is an international development NGO”.
The multi-million naira items donated include 13 Cheatle Forcepts and containers, 10 instrument trolley, 19 manual autoclave, 19 Camp Gas for manual autoclave, 13 provider tables for counselling, 39 chairs for counselling, 20 bed screen, 20 head lamps, 20 vagina models, 20 penile models, 20 notice boards, 15 medium medicine cupboards, 20 implant removal forceps, 16 examination couch and 20 file cabinets, 20 wooden stands layered with rectangular wall brackets, 20 plastic bows, 20 transparent rectangular plastic bows and 20 plastic drains among others.
By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan.