By Michael Adesanya/Abeokuta
Wife of the President of Nigeria, Mrs. Aisha Buhari has enjoined wives of South – West Governors to intensify with efforts addressing maternal and child mortality within their regions, saying the action would help in reducing the high rate of death among women and children in Nigeria.
Mrs Buhari made the 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 MITROSResidence Hall, Ibara GRA, Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital.
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 last October in Abuja, to support the Governor’s Wives and other technical officers, who would work with them, to facilitate the success of RMBCAH-N.
Her words: “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.”
She commended the commitment of wives of state governors to champion RMNCAH-N in their states, as the Southwest was the third zone, the training was being conducted by the Foundation. The North West and North Central had been covered towards the end of last year.
Wife of the Governor of Ogun State, Mrs Olufunso Amosun explained that the advocacy training was part of Mrs Buhari’s Future Assured Initiative. She said improved wellbeing of women, newborn and adolescents in the country would help in reducing untimely death among women and children.
Mrs. Amosun emphasised that no woman should die in the process of child birth, and 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.
One of the technical partners, Mr. Mayowa Joel, said the workshop was designed 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.