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Mimiko Promises Ondo Reference Spot In Health

Posted: Sep 25, 2015 at 5:04 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

He said It was clear there had to be a total overhaul and reform of the health system hence,  his government chose to put maternal and child care at the front burner of medical attention, submitting further that the government was resolute in its conviction that finances should not be a barrier to qualitative healthcare and that, for him to succeed , all pregnant women must be tracked from conception to delivery.
 
The Governor said  Six years down the line, the government   home-grown Abiye (safe-motherhood) programme has become  one of the most successful and talked about healthcare initiatives in the developing world.

He submitted that  it is generally assumed that the developing world may not attain the Millennium Development Goals 4 and 5,  stressing however, that Ondo State has
 reduced Maternal Mortality Ratio from a baseline of 545 per 100,000 births , a reduction of over 70%, adding that, a facility-based 5-year audit of maternal Mortality Ratio at the Mother and Child Hospital Akure believed to be  the busiest maternity centre in Nigeria with over 30,000 births showed a reduction from 708 per 100,000 births in 2010
to 208 per 100,000 in 2014, another fall of over 70%.
 

“As regards child health, through our “Orirewa” – acronym for “Ondo State Routine Immunization Reaching Every Ward Always” – programme, we have been able to mainstream routine immunization into our primary health care system. As a matter of fact, we have won consecutively, the two (and only) editions of Bill and Melinda Gates National Leadership Award for Polio eradication for 2013 and 2014″ he said, concluding that his  government does not intend to relent in its efforts in  the health sector  but  will rather increase its contribution to the sector and ensure that the state becomes a global point of reference.