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Rotary Tackles Maternal, Child Mortality In Lagos, Kano, Three Other States

Posted: Jul 3, 2015 at 7:05 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Hassan Zaggi, Abuja


Rotary International, District 9125 Nigeria, has received a grant of $500,000 to fight maternal and infant mortality in five states of the federation.

Rotary District 9125 Nigeria is made up of the 23 states and the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.

The five states to benefit from the grant include Kano, Kaduna, Enugu, Ondo and the FCT.

Also, in an effort to alleviate the sufferings of poor Nigerians and increase access to clean water across the country, the District has concluded plans to install 250 boreholes across 23 states of the that make up the District.

District Governor, Rotary District 9125, Mike Omotosho, disclosed this in an interview with journalists in Abuja on Friday.

On the maternal and infant mortality grant, Omotosho said: “Rotary initially had a pilot in two states, Kano and Kaduna, where we picked just five health facilities to try out as a pilot.

“Due to the success of the project itself, we got a grant of $500,000 to execute the project in five states. This will also include three additional states Enugu, Ondo and the FCT.

“We are going to every health facility in these five states to document all the best practices that we have been able to gather from the pilot project and use it to make the health system better so that we can drag down maternal and child mortality rate.

“The plan is to bring in the best practices already documented from the pilot states and then incorporate it into the health system of these five states in every health facility.

“The pilot was able to show a 62 per cent reduction in maternal and child mortality. We are hoping that the states will be able to replicate this and that society can be a better place even for babies yet unborn.”

Concerning the water project, it is aimed at alleviating the sufferings of poor Nigerians through improved water and sanitation.

“Rotary International, through the Rotary Foundation, has got a grant, through which we will sink 250 boreholes across the District.

“We have 88 clubs, so we will find a way of distributing it. It will spread so that the impact will be felt everywhere.

“The district covers the North-West, North-East, right down to the South-West excluding Lagos and Ogun states,” he said.