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Samson Omotayo
July 29, 2021

The Ondo State Government says that it has mapped out strategies to address maternal and perinatal death in the state.

Pharmacist (Mrs.) Folukemi Aladenola,the Permanent Secretary, of the state Ministry of Health, stated this on Thursday in Akure during a One Day Validation of Maternal and Perinatal Death Surveillance and Response ( MPDSR) 2017-2019 Report meeting.

Mrs. Aladenola said that the government would continue to compile list of all traditional birth attendants across the state and fathom ways of partnering with them in ensuring safety of pregnant women and their expected babies.

She added that there was a need to collaborate with them, saying that the state government was much interested in maternal and child health and would do everything to avoid death attached to delivery.

According to her, the government is not resting in saving lives, adding that pregnancy is a thing of joy and should not be seen as a big threat or death sentence.

The permanent secretary explained that the government had been able to provide funds and facilities for MPDSR.

In her words: " We have been able to provide funding in monitoring and supporting facilities and the ministry as well has committed funds for their training to update their knowledge in term of capacity building.

"The 'Abiyamo' programme which is maternal health is part of it whereby we try to strengthen the facility levels in term of maternal health to make sure that there is nothing like maternal death in Ondo State.

"This will contribute to effective healthcare and social welfare which is the part of eight-point agenda, named the "Redeemed", of the present administration," she said.

She, therefore, asked all stakeholders to work together and ensure that pregnant women could deliver safely. In his remarks, Dr Adesina Akintan, the Chairman of MPDSR, said that MPDSR aimed to prevent reoccurrence of still birth, pregnant women and babies within a short time of delivery.

He added that MPDSR law mandated individuals to report pregnant women death and perinatal death to appropriate authorities, saying that failure to report attracted punishment.