We are committed to improved maternal, neonatal health care – Makinde

Oyo State Governor, Engineer Seyi Makinde has promised to reduce maternal and neonatal mortality and increase health care facility utilization by 60% in the state. 

He stated this while inaugurating Oyo State expanded maternal and child health care initiative called “Tomotiya”. 

Governor Makinde who was represented by the Deputy Governor, Engineer Rauf Olaniyan explained that credible statistics showed that the state has the worst neonatal mortality in the country hence the relevance of the “Tomotiya” initiative in addressing the gap.

The governor added that the initiative would contribute as a key in meeting the sustainable development goals (SDGs) number 3 which targets improving maternal health. 

In a welcome address, the Commissioner for Health, Dr Bashir Bello said apart from ensuring better welfare for mother and child, the initiative would also provide insurance for pregnant women in the state. 

In a presentation, the initiator of the “Tomotiya” concept and Special Adviser to the Governor on Health, Dr. Funmi Salami said the pilot stage of the initiative would commence in 3 local governments identified with high risk before it would be expanded across the state.

Highlight of the event was the presentation of goodwill messages by the technical partner of the initiative, UNICEF, as well as WHO, Rotary, APIN amongst others. 

Iyabo Adebisi

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