Wife of the President of Nigeria, Mrs. Aisha Buhari has enjoined wives of south-west Governors to intensify efforts at addressing maternal and child mortality within their regions, in order to reduce the high rate of death among women and children in their states and Nigeria at large.
Mrs Buhari while making this clarion call during the South West Regional 3-Day Training Workshop, on Advocacy for Reproductive Maternal Newborn Child, Adolescent and Nutrition (RMNCAH-N), held at the MITROS Residence Hall, Ibara GRA, Abeokuta, warned that things would get worse, if issues of maternal mortality and child morbidity remain unattended to.
The Wife of the President, who was represented by Wife of the Speaker of the House of Representative, Mrs Gimbiya Dogara, explained that the event was in fulfilment of her promise during the stakeholder’s meeting, held last October in Abuja, to support the Governor’s Wives, as the Chief Advocate in their States and other technical officers, who would work with them, to facilitate the process of RMBCAH-N.
According to her, “We cannot leave out the uniqueness and peculiarity of each population, that is why we have chosen to come down to the zones, where we can find more common grounds, to address maternal and child mortality.”
Applauding the renewed commitment of the Wives of the Governors to champion RMNCAH-N in their States, the Wife of the President said that Southwest was the third zone, the training was being conducted by the Foundation, adding that the North West and North Central had been covered towards the end of last year.
In her welcome address, the Wife of the Governor of Ogun State, Dr.(Mrs.) Olufunso Amosun explained that the advocacy training was part of Mrs Buhari’s Future Assured Initiative, advocating for the wellbeing of women, newborn and adolescents in the country, saying if well harnessed, would help in reducing untimely death among women and children.
Mrs. Amosun emphasised that, no woman should die in the process of child birth, neither should any child die in the process of coming to life, noting that all stakeholders should strive towards attaining the realisation of the Sustainable Development Goal 3, to reduce the global maternal mortality ratio to less than 70 percent.
She appreciated the Wives of the Governors for their support and active participation in the reproductive maternal, newborn child adolescent health and nutrition advocacy in their various State, adding that adequate healthcare facilities and right nutrition are essential at reducing the high rate of women and infant death across the country.
Responding, one of the technical partners, Mr. Mayowa Joel, said the objective of the workshop was to strengthen the capacity of stakeholders and reduce the challenges associated with maternal and children’s death in Nigeria, as well as, improve knowledge on advocacy and its importance at achieving the RMNCAH-N goals, at States and the Local Government levels.
He noted that for RMNCAH-N advocacy to work, there was need to identify stakeholders, who would support the plan, thus taking them down to every nooks and crannies of the six geo political zones, to curb the menace of maternal and child mortality in the country and Africa at large.