Oyo state government has advised residents of the state to develop the passion to learn the basic guidelines needed for self-care to reduce cases of maternal mortality in the state.
Dr Bashiru Bello, the health commissioner, made the call while receiving the maternal mortality advocacy team on National Guideline on Self – Care for Sexual, Reproductive and Maternal Health In Nigeria at the conference room, ministry of health, Agodi, Secretariat, Ibadan.
Dr Bello said that the Governor Seyi Makinde led administration will always improve the health status of the citizen and residents of the state, admonishing stakeholders in the health sector to make quality services deliver their watchword.
He said: “We appreciate your team for considering our state as the second beneficiary state Nationwide.
“Health is one of the pillars of this government and we assure you of enabling environment.
“It is important to pay attention to results, as government, we will continually do our best in reducing the index of maternal mortality in due course”
Dr Kayode Afolabi, Director, Reproductive Health, Federal Ministry of Health, while speaking on the benefits of the project, emphasised the need for citizens to appraise the implementation of self–care in various states.
He advocated for the continuous engagement of private facilities in the project
execution and access to accurate data for decision making.
Dr Afolabi, however, sought government support for the team, to reduce maternal death in the state.
“Self–care is an approach that will enhance universal health coverage and ensure each right from the family unit to the community aware of certain health conditions”
“This will also enable individuals to contribute in improving their health conditions and sustain various challenges in this regard”
“We are particularly looking at reproductive health, maternal health as well as newborn health.”
“This is because we have very high mortality rates across the country and we must adopt various strategies to reduce it”