Sunday, June 23, 2013

We don’t want our children and pregnant women to die – Dame Fashola

Lagos State First Lady,Dame Abimbola Fashola, has called on community leaders, traditional rulers and non-governmental organization in Lagos to use their influence to sensitize residents, especially pregnant women and children, to the need to use primary healthcare centers in their locality in order to reduce maternal and child mortality in the state.

She made this call at the Lagos West II Senatorial District town hall meeting on maternal and child reduction programme at Awuwo Odofin Local government secretariat, noting that more people would use the servicesprovided by the primary healthcare centers if community leaders as well as traditional monarchs would make public announcement.
“To enable all targeted groups take advantage of these services, community leaders needs to be actively involved. We don’t want our children andpregnant women to die young. I appeal to Lagosians to take advantage of this opportunity by ensuring that every member of the family, particularly children under five years of age and nursing mothers, are involved”, she added.
According to her, the town hall meeting is a way to fast track the achievement of the millennium goal in Nigeria using child mortality reduction as a measure. The 10 local government and local council development areas involved in the interactive town hall meeting include Ajeromi, Ifelodun, Amuwo-Odofin, Oriade, Ojo, Iba, Otto-Awori, Badagry, Olorunda and Badagry-West local government.

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