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Ondo First Lady Distributes 1, 000 Free Solayo Birth Kits To Pregnant Women To Mark 2021 Int’l Women’s Day

No fewer than 1,000 indigent pregnant women across the 18 local government areas of Ondo State today received free Solayo Kits for safe delivery.

At the event which took place simultaneously across the 18 local government areas of the state, the wife of Ondo State Governor, Arabinrin Betty Anyanwu- Akeredolu while addressing the women at Akure South Local Government, said the distribution was part of activities marking the 2021 International Women’s Day celebration in the state

Mrs. Akeredolu who was ably represented by the Chairperson of Akure South Local Government, Mrs. Olufunke Olaniyi said it is now a tradition to celebrate International Women’s Day in Ondo State by addressing the welfare of expectant mothers especially as it relates to reducing maternal mortality and promoting safe motherhood stressing that no fewer than 1,000 pregnant women wil benefit across the state.

Akure South LG Chairperson, Mrs. Olufunke Olaniyi while addressing the women

While noting that in the last 2 years, not less than 1,080 expectant mothers had been reached and it is expected that about 5,000 women would be reached at the end of 2023, Mrs. Akeredolu said many women still die during pregnancy as a result of insufficient or lack of access to ante-natal care and unskilled birth delivery and that through the distribution of Solayo Kits to indigent mothers, the narratives of women in Ondo State will change.

Mrs. Akeredolu while also noting that the birth of a new born remains one of the wonders of the world which brings immeasurable joy and satisfaction to the mother, expressed worry that one out of every 49 women that goes into labour dies due to complications.

Cross section of beneficiaries of Solayo kits at the programme

“This is why we are distributing the Solayo Birth kits to indigent expectant mothers today. You do not need to worry about the money to buy the required delivery materials as they are contained in the bags which will be given free of charge”, she added just as she urged the women to visit the hospital when it is time for delivery.

The event which also featured a health talk by Mrs. Dada Juliet Oluwatoyin, Maternal and Child Health Coordinator, on the need for women to register for ante-natal care, avoid self medication in pregnancy, adopt family planning options, climaxed with the distribution of Solayo Kits to pregnant women which was done on behalf of the First Lady by the Regent of Oda, Princess Margaret Akansile among other top dignitaries.

SSA Media , Ms. Fademi and SA, , Gender, Research and Documentation, Ms. Igbo.

In her remarks, the SSA on Gender, Research & Documentation, Mrs. Temitope Daniyan enjoined the women to take advantage of the gesture saying the government is committed to their welfare at all times.

While applauding the First Lady for coming up with the initiative, Mrs. Daniyan wished the women a successful celebration just as she restated that they remain a top priority of the government.

In a chat with newsmen, the SSA on Media, Ms. Tobiloba Fademi said the initiative is the 3rd of its kind and that it is a demonstration of the love of the Akeredolu led government for women’s health as the kits contain all the necessary items for delivery.

Also in attendance at the event were female SAs and SSAs to the Governor.

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