..targets 5,000 beneficiaries by 2023
To mark the 2021 International Women’s day in Ondo State, the wife of the governor Arabinrin Betty-Anyanwu Akeredolu has distributed 1,000 delivery kits to indigent pregnant women in the state.
The distribution which was carried out simultaneously across the 18 Local Government areas of the state was done under the SOLAYO safe motherhood initiative of Her Excellency which started in the year 2019.
Speaking at the event held in Akure South local government Secretariat, the wife of the government hinted that the initiative had become a tradition to celebrate the annual IWD in Ondo State.
Represented by the Chairperson of Akure South Local Government, Mrs. Olufunke Olaniyi, the Ondo First Lady said the gesture was aimed at catering for the welfare of expectant mothers in order to reduce maternal mortality and promoting safe motherhood in the state.
Mrs. Akeredolu who expressed concern about the rate of maternal death during pregnancy due to lack of access to adequate ante-natal care and unskilled birth delivery, noted that through the provision of SOLAYO Kits, there would be a change.
According to her, no fewer than 1,080 expectant mothers had been reached and assured that about 5,000 women would be reached at the end of 2023.
“This is why we are distributing the Solayo Birth kits to indigent expectant mothers today. You do not need to worry about the money to buy the required delivery materials as they are contained in the bags which will be given free of charge”, she added just as she urged the women to visit the hospital when it is time for delivery.
In her remarks, the Senior Special Assistant to the governor on Gender, Research & Documentation, Mrs. Temitope Daniyan enjoined the women to take advantage of the gesture saying the government is committed to their welfare at all times.
While applauding the First Lady for coming up with the initiative, Mrs. Daniyan wished the women a successful celebration just as she restated that they remained a top priority of the government.
Mrs. Dada Juliet Oluwatoyin, Maternal and Child Health Coordinator, while speaking on the need for women to register for ante-natal care, charged them to avoid self medication in pregnancy, and also adopt family planning options.