No fewer than 12,500 expectant mothers in the state of Osun got 12,500 delivery kit distributed by the state government led by Ogbeni Rauf Adesoji Aregbesola on Monday, December 11, 2017.
The provision of the delivery kit is a government project focused at improving maternal and child health.
Speaking at the flag off of the programme tagged "Saving One million lives programme for results and maternal, new born and child health week" Governor Aregbesola said the gesture is to support pregnant women and ensure they have the things needed for a safe delivery.
Each of the delivery kit tagged "Mama kit" contains one chord Clamp, one mucus extractor, seven sterile gloves, one baby soap, one baby towel, one set of baby cloth, one Purit, one Canula and one sanitary pad.
The programme is also supported by Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) in collaboration with Save One Million Lives Programme for Results (SOML PforR) of the Federal Government.
It is aimed at increasing the quality of care index at health centre level across the state and help to provide a clean and safe delivery for women who give birth in hospitals and clinics.
In his remarks, the State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Rafiu Isamotu said that the objective of the programme is to collaborate the Federal Government’s (SOML PforR) which is to increase the utilisation and quality of high impact reproductive, child health and nutrition interventions’ with overall goal of reducing under-5 mortality rate and maternal mortality rate.
Isamotu who revealed that the state government had also launched an HIV test kit, said the mama kit is to ensure safe delivery and serve as a constitutional means of preventing needless deaths.
He explained that since the inception of the programme in the State of Osun, all hands have been on deck towards its successful implementation, adding that health workers have been sensitize and trained.
The Commissioner also noted that the government will give more attention to rural areas especially those people who could not afford the delivery kit as well as discourage delivery at home, sensitise and incorporate traditional birth attendants so as to reduce under 5 mortality rate and maternal mortality rate and save mothers and children from needless death.
In her remarks too, the state representative of the National Primary Health Care Service, Dr Modupe Oyesije lauded the state governor for making health care services in the state easier for its people and for also inaugurating the Osun Primary Health Care Board which would ensure effective performances of nurses.
Also the Spokesperson of The Sustainable Development Goal, SGD, who doubles as the State Commissioner for Federal Matters, Hon. Idiat Babalola appreciated the state governor for his interest and investment in health care services.
Idiat explained that the SGD serves to complement the state government's efforts in preventing maternal mortality death.