The Ogun State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Babatunde Ipaye has revealed that partnership between the State and Health Providers at combating maternal mortality was yielding results.
Ipaye who stated this in his office at Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta while receiving Members of the State House of Assembly Committee on Health and Representatives of Marie Stopes International, opined that the state would continue to tackle the menace consistently, noting that the prevalence rate in Ogun was better than some states in the country based on statistics by the Federal Government.
He explained further that in its fight against maternal death, the state have partnered with Marie Stopes International in the supply of family planning commodities, training of health care providers and supply of equipment for efficient healthcare delivery in health facilities across the state.
“We want to enhance maternal health in such a way that no woman of child bearing age die from consequences of pregnancy and so Marie Stopes is one partner that is supporting our family planning drive in terms of preventing unwanted pregnancy, training health care providers in our facilities. They have also supported us in making sure that family planning commodities are supplied, and they are now supplying some of the critical equipment that will allow qualitative healthcare delivery.” he said.
The Chairman, House Committee on Health, Honourable Aina Akinpelu, appreciated the organisation for choosing Ogun as one of the benefitting States in its project, assuring that the State would make best use of the opportunity.
The Regional Manager, South West, Marie Stopes International, Mr. Abimbola Faloye, while appreciating the state government for its warm reception, stated that Ogun was one of the four states they have decided to partner as it was seen as the gateway to health care services in Nigeria.