Flagging off the event, the President’s wife commended the Cross River State governor, Senator Ben Ayade for providing an enabling environment for the maternal new born and child health week to kick off while also lauding Mrs. Linda Ayade for launching her foundation and choosing to be a maternal and child health ambassador for the state.
Mrs. Buhari was accompanied by wives of the governors of Akwa Ibom, Ebonyi, and representatives from Oyo state as well as former Deputy Governor of Plateau State, Mrs Pauline Tallen, among others.She maintained that Nigeria was one of the countries with the highest rate of maternal and infant mortality, hence the need to take extra-ordinary actions to reduce the trend.
“The Federal Government is desirous of bringing this quality health care services closer to the people at the grassroots which is the primary reason for the establishment of one primary healthcare center in each political ward across the country,” assuring that she was committed to continuing advocacy for favorable response aimed at accelerating the reduction of maternal new born and child mortality.
While speaking, Initiator of Mediatrix Development Foundation and Wife of the Governor of Cross River State, Mrs. Linda Ayade, stressed the need to correct the trend of maternal and child deaths in the state and the country, revealing that in Cross River, the skilled birth attendants stands at 41 percent, leaving 51 percent to gamblers.
Mrs. Ayade said Infant mortality rate is 75 in every 1000 live births.
Highpoint of the flag off was the commissioning a two Primary Health Centers in Ikom as well as the immunization of children by the Wife of the President.’