Wife of Ondo State Governor, Chief Mrs Betty Anyanwu- Akeredolu has tasked expectant mothers to embrace safe motherhood practices in order to reduce maternal and child mortality rate in the state.
Mrs Akeredolu stated this at the distribution of delivery materials, popularly called Solayo kits to over sixty expectant mothers at the Akure South Local Government Area of the state as part of activities to mark this year’s International Women’s Day celebration.
The distribution of the Solayo kits, which is her usual annual way of marking International Women’s Day was done simultaneously across the 18 local government areas of Ondo State.
She said:” It is in this light that we have remained committed to relieving our pregnant women with material support tagged “Solayo Kit” on yearly basis during the International Women’s Day so that these vulnerable women are not left to bear the harsh economic burden of the moment alone.
“Solayo kits contains complete maternity delivery kit for the needy but expectant mothers and it’s distributed annually to women across the 18 local government areas of our dear state”.
The Ondo First Lady noted that, the gesture was a demonstration of the commitment of Akeredolu-led Government to issues that affect women.
Congratulating women on this year’s celebration, Mrs Akeredolu who affirmed that women are faced with many challenges, said “that we carry on with unbroken spirit despite the many challenges is a loud testimony to the face that women are a special breed”.
She, therefore, enjoined women to rise up and speak against man-made limitations, stand for one another, saying every woman must play a role in breaking the biases against womenfolk.
During a health talk at the program, primary health care coordinator in Akure south local government , Dr Adeyemi-Osowe Owosehin urged expectant mothers to practise personal hygiene and exercise regularly so as to deliver their babies safely.
He stressed the importance of balanced diet for expectant mothers and the need for them to visit the hospital regularly, for both ante-natal and post-natal care for a healthy pregnancy.
Speaking on behalf of the beneficiaries, Mrs Alice Daniel and Joy Nwoko thanked the governor’s wife for the gesture and promised to heed all medical advice.