Commemoration of the 2011 safe motherhood sensitization campaign
OFFICE OF THE DEPUTY GOVERNOR Keymote address delivered by Her Excellency Mrs. ‘Funmi OLAYINKA Deputy Governor of Ekiti State, Nigeria, At the commemoration of the 2011 safe motherhood sensitizationcampaign organized by the Ministry of Health in Ado-Ekiti on November 17, 2011PROTOCOLSIt is my Pleasure to be here at this important occasionfirst as a mother and then in my official capacity.I feel elated as a mother to share in the joy of this year’scelebration of Safe Motherhood Day in our dear Statewith the theme: Birth Preparedness & Compilationreadiness.The Safe Motherhood initiative was established in 1987by World Health Organisation / UNICEF to improvematernal, newborn & child health. I am aware that it isan initiative that guarantees safe pregnancy, safedelivery, post partum care, family planning, emergencyobstetric care, prevention of sexuality transmittedinfections and most importantly prevention of Mother toChild transmission of HIV / AIDS.It also aims at delivering package of high impact & costeffective interventions to improve the health of women ofchild bearing age. As we are all aware, maternal & Child1 | Page Commemoration of 2011 safe motherhood sensitizationcampaign in Ado-Ekiti on Thursday November 17, 2011.
OFFICE OF THE DEPUTY GOVERNORmortality continue to be major challenges in health careissues in Nigeria.The latest Maternal Mortality Rate was put at 545 /100,000 life births (NDHS 2008). Currently in EkitiState 50% of births occur in spiritual homes, 30% ingovernmental health facilities while 20% occur in privatehospitals. This low utilization of public health facilitiescontribute largely to maternal mortality.To us in the Dr. Kayode Fayemi led administration inEkiti State, the present rate of maternal mortality is notonly unacceptably high but should be considered a thingof emergency, needing urgent solution.We believe that most of these deaths are preventable, asituation that has increased our resolve at deepeningamong others: • Health care delivery for our people. • Reducing maternal and child mortality and • Attaining the health related millennium development goals.For us, our women do not have to die in the course ofdelivery or that children should die through preventablecauses. This is why effective, efficient and free healthservice delivery to Children, mothers and the aged formsone of the eight point agenda of this administration.2 | Page Commemoration of 2011 safe motherhood sensitizationcampaign in Ado-Ekiti on Thursday November 17, 2011.
OFFICE OF THE DEPUTY GOVERNORI want to state that the theme for this year “planning forbirth and complication readiness” cannot be moreappropriate than now. A family that fails to plan for anexpectant mother plans to fail and prepares great dangerto both mother & child.I am told that the emphasis in this year’s celebration ison the need to systematize the plan of action to addressthe socio-cultural issues of the community and ensuremale involvement in Ante-natal care, health institutionaldelivery, post – natal care and family planning.Beautiful Ekiti mothers, distinguished guests at thisoccasion, let me urge you to the need for mothers toensure delivery at health facilities and avail themselveswith the opportunities provided under the free healthservices of this administration in other to reducematernal death and attain MDG 5 before 2015.Let me also implore health workers & other stakeholdersin the health sector to play their expected roles. If MDGSare to be achieved, all hands must be on deck.I therefore congratulate our pregnant & nursing mothersas we celebrate.I wish all pregnant women safe deliveryin Jesus name. “ A sokale Ayo”.Thank you & God bless.3 | Page Commemoration of 2011 safe motherhood sensitizationcampaign in Ado-Ekiti on Thursday November 17, 2011.
OFFICE OF THE DEPUTY GOVERNORH.E. MRS. ‘FUNMI OLAYINKADEPUTY GOVERNOR OF EKITI STATE, NIGERIA.Ado-EkitiThursady November 17, 20114 | Page Commemoration of 2011 safe motherhood sensitizationcampaign in Ado-Ekiti on Thursday November 17, 2011.