Th wife of Kebbi state Governor Dr Zainab Bagudu, who is the the founder of Medicaid Cancer Foundation speak on friday at the maiden edition of the PUNCH Digital Town Hall with the theme ‘Strengthening the Nigerian Maternal and Child Health through Clinical and Community-based Interventions’. said with adequate funding, training, provision of basic healthcare as well as investment in health infrastructure, among other measures, the undesirable trend of maternal and child mortality can be a thing of the past in Nigeria.
The governor wife who was the Special Guest of the event, said further, by working closely with the wives of local government chairmen and councillors as well as local ante-natal attendants, the Kebbi State government has been able to reduce mother and child deaths.
Dr Bagudu also said the grassroot voices sensitise rural women of measures to take for the prevention of child and maternal deaths.
The state is tackling the menace of child marriage by training teenage girls as nurses to boost the much-needed manpower to provide adequate care for both mother and child. the Consultant Paediatrician also noted that.
She also stated that The need of the people is high but the government does a lot with partners to meet the needs, adding, “From 2018 to 2019, ante-natal care, birth attendants and the number of post-natal visits to the hospital have improved by working with the grassroot and various bodies.”
Mr Chido Nwakanma,,who moderated the conversation by communications strategist, , also featured other speakers including wife of former Senate President, Mrs Toyin Ojora-Saraki; Senior Program Officer, MacArthur Foundation Africa Office, Dr Amina Salihu; Founder of Brown Button Foundation, Adepeju Jaiyeoba; and others.
On her part, Chairman, PUNCH Nigeria Limited, Mrs Angela Emuwa, appreciated the participants for their valuable contributions.
She said journalism is a great tool for incremental change, noting that the event was PUNCH’s modest contribution to getting solutions to some of the problems that have impeded the country’s march to greatness.
“Going forward,great future editions of this intellectual flagship event will draw attention to issues in other critical sectors,” she noted.