Oborevwori Promises to sustain the free healthcare for pregnant women, children under5, Identifies factors fueling Nigeria’s child, maternal mortality
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Oborevwori Promises to sustain the free healthcare for pregnant women, children under5, Identifies factors fueling Nigeria’s child, maternal mortality.
MNCH FLAG OFF
Delta state Governor, Sheriff Oborevwori, has promised that his administration will sustain the free healthcare for pregnant women and children under – five introduced by the past government and will also improve Maternal, Newborn, and Child Health, MNCH services in the state.
Oborevwori who made the promise while flagging-off the first round of the 2023 Maternal and Newborn Health week in Asaba the state capital, identified the gaps and challenges in the health system as, dearth of qualified personnel, low quality of care, inadequate utilization of available health facilities, and lack of access to essential medicines as factors fueling the high maternal and child mortality rates in the country.
He said providing accessible and affordable healthcare for mothers, newborns, and children is a critical component of any effective and sustainable primary healthcare policy for the survival and well-being of pregnant women and children under5.
Oborevwori further called for the participation of all stakeholders to meet the global targets in maternal, newborn, and child health services and also called for the involvement and cooperation of womenfolk to embrace and practice healthy social habits that improve women’s health, such as breastfeeding, regular physical exercises, and abstinence from illicit drugs.
Meanwhile, the Permanent Secretary and Executive Director, Delta state Primary Healthcare Development Agency, Jude Wilful, said the programme is a strategy implemented as an approach to the delivery of a combination of services that brings about desired outcomes in all the core preventive and curative interventions that enable mother and child to develop and thrive.