Ogun State governor, Dapo Abiodun, has challenged the Association of Feto-Maternal Medicine Specialists in Nigeria, to find a lasting solution to the maternal and infant mortality rate in Nigeria.
Abiodun stated this while receiving members of the association led by its president, Professor Saturday Etuk, on a courtesy call in his office at Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta.
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He noted that as an important branch in the medical field that deals with issues relating to pregnant women and their unborn children, the Association should be given all the needed attention it deserves.
“I must say that the world and the society at large owe a lot to you because that is the beginning of life. But for the sacrifices and the commitment of people like you, we won’t be where we are anywhere in the world.
“The pressure statistics you revealed to us are due to the efforts and dedication of people like yourselves who continue to come up with practices to ensure that we have more people that are surviving maternal care or more children that are not stillbirth,” he said.
While emphasizing the importance of the health sector to the enthronement of good governance, he said the current administration since its inception has made a huge investment in the sector through the rehabilitation of over 236 Primary Healthcare Centers (PHCs), provision of modern medical equipment as well as employment and improved welfare package for health workers.
President of the Association, Prof. Etuk said their aim was to find ways of reducing infant and maternal mortality in the country, adding that they were in the state for a scientific conference to find ways of training their specialists on how to handle issues relating to unborn babies and their mothers.