Ogun State Government has expressed determination to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), as an all-encompassing package of developmental activities, towards preventing maternal and perinatal deaths.
Commissioner for Health, Dr. Tomi Coker stated this, during the launch and dissemination of 2018 and 2019 Maternal and Perinatal Deaths Surveillance and Response (MPDSR) reports, in collaboration with the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) in Abeokuta, saying its implementation would contribute to the reduction of maternal mortality and morbidity ratio.
According to Dr. Coker, the present administration would continue to strengthen the health system, through the sustenance of systematic public health education, to aid awareness among citizens, especially women of childbearing age who were the focus of the report.
She highlighted some of the various interventions for addressing challenges that caused an increase in mothers and child deaths, such as delay in seeking and accessing health care, as well as receiving quality care.
He pointed out that the present government had invested in free service training and retraining of midwives, provision of family planning services, among others, adding that it had also inaugurated the Alternate Medicine Board, to ensure the full compliance of rules guiding the conduct of Traditional Birth Attendants (TBAs).
In his remark, the Executive Secretary, Primary Health Care Development Board, Dr. Elijah Ogunsola said the document focused on the major causes of Maternal, Perinatal and Neonatal Deaths in the State, as well as recommendations to address the challenges, calling on relevant stakeholders to use it as a working manual in their various facilities.
Contributing, the Chairman, State MPDSR Steering Committee, Dr. David Awonuga, added that the event provided an opportunity for heads of health institutions and concerned key players, to know the quality of Maternal and Perinatal care being rendered in the State.
Speaking, the Consultant Obstetrician and Gynecologist, Dr. Adebimpe Olalekan advised the State team to step up monitoring and supervision of health facilities, and adopt the use of Information Communication Technology in reporting data, saying the barrier preventing pregnant women from accessing care after closing hours be removed.
Also speaking, the representative of UNFPA, Mr. Olukayode Banjo applauded the State for the giant strides, promising to continue rendering technical support.
Adesola Ogunbanwo and Yemisi Fashola,
Press Officers, PHCDB