Relevant organizations and stakeholders in the health sector have been called upon to partner Government to improve healthcare delivery and educate Civil Servants on ways of reducing Maternal Mortality Rate (MMR) in the State.
Ogun State Head of Service, Tpl. (Mrs.) Amope Chokor made the call while playing host to a team from Family Health Initiative Ogun (FAHIO) at Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta, saying concerted efforts were required by all and sundry to ensure well-being of the people, particularly women during pregnancy and childbirth.
According to her, maternal mortality scourge was of major concern to government and efforts were being intensified for the provision of quality health care service that would add value to the lives of the people.
“Most of our workers belong to the reproductive age, you are to educate them on what to do to ensure that we do not suffer high mortality rate”, she said.
The Head of Service emphasised the essence of effective family planning, which she noted was a determinant to live expectancy and used to measure health performance of the State in the international world, commending the initiative of FAHIO in its advocacy to improve family lives and well-being of the people.
She said the administration of Prince Dapo Abiodun was making efforts to improve the health care delivery system in the State, through the renovation of Primary Health care Centres and capacity building of health workers.
Earlier, the Secretary of FAHIO, Revd. Olajide Odugbemi said the group was passionate to improve the health system of the State, as well as increase the Contraceptive Prevalence Rate (CPR) through the uptake of family planning contraceptives and access to quality services, adding that provision and availability of family planning consumables would help in its realisation.
Odugbemi noted that the organization since inception, has influenced the domestication and operationalisation of National Task Shifting and Sharing Policy, while categories of health workers in the State’s Civil Service have been trained on Modern Family Planning Services for efficient service delivery and better productivity.
He lauded the efforts of the present administration in the purchase of consumables to health facilities and cooperation of Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) in changing the landscape of family planning programming, which he described as successful feat that has distinguished the State among its peers in the South-West.
In his remark, the Permanent Secretary, Bureau of Service Matters, Mr. Kolawole Fagbohun urged the organization not to relent in its advocacy drive, adding that the achievement already recorded would continue to linger.