Wife of the President and First Lady of the Country, Hajiya Aisha Buhari, on Thursday 4th February, flagged-off the Kebbi State Maternal and Child Health (MNCH) week in Kebbi.
Mrs. Buhari’s visit coincided with the World Cancer Day, where she used the occasion to commission the state’s cancer-screening exercise where free medical care for cancer patients will be offered.
Nigeria’s First Lady commissioned the Maternal and Child Health Centres in Birnin Yari, Jega and the multi million Naira Jega General Hospital. She also distributed food items, textile materials and blankets to 1,500 internally displaced persons, including women and children who fled to Kebbi from the North-east due to the Boko Haram crisis.
Hajiya Buhari stressed the importance of maternal and child healthcare, urging governments to give priority to the issues of health. She also pledged to ensure that maternal and child health centres were provided in communities across the country, while expressing her commitment to promote and support maternal and child health care, especially the reduction in maternal mortality.
Kebbi State Governor Abubakar Bagudu, who spoke at the event, commended the initiative, saying the Maternal and Child Health week was the first in the state and the first since the commencement of the “Saving One Million Lives Initiative” of the World Bank.
Quoting the governor,
The initiative is focused on evidence-based, cost effective interventions that are proven, and addresses the leading causes of morbidity and mortality.
The initiative comprises of several components, which will contribute to saving one million maternal and newborn lives.
The newly upgraded Birnin Yari Primary Health Care center is a model for other Primary Health Care centres in Kebbi state.
The Maternal and Child Health week is aimed at improving maternal, child, and nutrition health services for women and children in Nigeria, and also help the Nigerian Government save the lives of over 900,000 children and women who die yearly from largely preventable diseases and infections.