Gov’s Wife Urges Emphasis On Better Maternal Health
ABIA State governor’s wife, Mrs. Nkechi Ikpeazu has called on stakeholders in healthcare delivery to step up efforts towards the reduction of child and maternal mortality, stressing that this could be achieved through effective monitoring of healthcare institutions by the state Ministry of Health.
She also charged visiting state female journalists, under the aegis of National Association of Women Journalists (NAWOJ), to partner with the state in bringing the benefits of healthcare to the people. She said that it was imperative to do that with a sense of responsibility and urged them not to shirk their duties as wives and mothers.
Similarly, Mrs. Ikpeazu set some tasks for the wives of the state traditional rulers and Chairmen of the Transition Committees of the state Local Government Councils who visited her to pursue the subject with passion.
She also called on the traditional rulers’ wives to join in the fight to check the obnoxious traditional practices meted to the female gender including dispossessing widows of their late husbands’ inheritances.
She urged wives of the Chairmen to give them the necessary support they need to discharge their duties to the people in tandem with the overall objectives of the state government.
Mrs. Ikpeazu had, while interacting with the executive members of the state Chapter of NAWOJ during their visit to government house, Umuahia, commended them for raising consciousness of gender issues among the womenfolk. She pledged to carry along and involve the members in her activities in the state.
The leader and State Chairperson of NAWOJ, Mrs. Beatrice Okezie-Odoemelam told the First Lady that the purpose of their visit was to familiarise the Association with her activities with a view to increased collaboration.
During the visit, top officials of the state Ministry of Health led by the Permanent Secretary, Mr. Nkwachukwu Agomuo, the governor’s wife said that the present administration attaches great importance to the peoples’ healthcare and welfare.
She decried the activities of non-professionals in the health sector describing their activities as counter-productive.
Agomuo had told her they came to intimate her with the programmes of the ministry and solicit her support hence the Ministry alone he said, cannot achieve them, without her support, cooperation and collaboration.
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