Governor of Ogun State, Sen Ibikunle Amosun today flagged of the first round Maternal, Newborn and Child Health week at Sagamu Local Government of Ogun State.
Governor Amosun who was represented by his Deputy, Chief Mrs Yetunde Onanuga said his administration is committed in ensuring maternal mortality and infant mortality is brought to a seldom occurrence in the State. He noted the commitment via various free health sponsorship of the state government, construction of health facilities and equipping of all centers across the state. While appreciating the people of Ogun State, he enjoined mother’s to seize the advantage of the health week to immunize their wards. He said a milestone achievement was recorded few weeks back as all State owned School of Nursing and midwiferys’ have been fully accredited.
The Commissioner for Health, Dr Babatunde Ipaye noted that the one week program been flagged today is fully sponsored by the state government which after the flag-off will be felt in all 20 Local Government Councils and 37 LCDAs. He said the State Government adopted the Supply approach which concerned all the primary functions of any government and Demand side strategy which is concerned with institutionalizing a community based health insurance scheme tagged Araya, which he alluded as the most celebrated scheme in Nigeria with over over 15,000 less privileged Ogun indigenes been beneficiaries across the local governments and LCDAs. He furthered to say both public and private services were funded for the ARAYA services, assuring that the other round of the flag off will happen before the end of the year.
He said the immunization coverage in the state as at 2011 was 67% while at the end of 2016 it has rose to 116% which means both children of Ogun State and other States have been immunized by Ogun State Government. He opined that no record of measles was recorded in the state, while Vitamin A supplement was given to 780,000 children while 1,320,000 children were immunized in the 2016; Pregnant HIV /AIDS patients are been treated freely while no case of polio epidemic is recorded in Ogun State since 2009 he said. He finally noted that no epidemic will scale through the borders of the State has measures on rapid response has been put in place citing the defeat of Ebola Epidemic in the State.
In their separate goodwill messages the Oba Adewale Osiberu, the Elepe of Epe and Acting chairman Remo traditional Council, the Eze Ndigbo community, Igwe Gilbert, his counterpart Alhaji Inuwa Sarki ( Seriki Hausa) Sagamu, eulogized the state government for an unprecedented achievements in the health sector while appreciating the Commissioner for his special interest in Sagamu. They furthered to demand for more better services because the people are always eager to tap into the various health programs while enjoining the commissioner to empower the social mobilization committees across the local government and LCDAs.
In their separate goodwill messages, Mrs Odunola Adeluke representing NDHCDA, Mrs MOLOKO representing UNICEF and Mr Jessy representing WHO congratulated the State Government for her giant strides in the health sector especially sponsoring fully the program of the day for the whole week which they will be happening as the first time in the State. They enjoined the government never to relent while assuring of their readiness to partner whenever need arise.
Present at the well attended program are personlalities such as the SAs to Governor Amosun on Health, Mrs Bello, Dr Ogungbe and Dr Adenuga; HRH Oba Timothy Akinsanya, the Ewusi of Makun; Hon Rafiu Awoyemi, Executive Chairman of Sagamu Local Government who also welcomed the guests during his opening speech; Alhaji Adebayo Yakub; Chief Oduwaye Olasode (Iyaloja Falowo market) Remo; Past Chairman Sagamu LG Hon Olufemi Felix Kafaru; Ven. Willie Olugbebi, HOLGA Sagamu LG and many others
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