Mrs Buhari calls for collective action to end maternal mortality

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Wife of the President, Mrs Aisha Buhari, says everybody must take responsibility and strategic action towards addressing high maternal and child mortality in the country.

Mrs Buhari made the appeal in Abeokuta at three-day training workshop for the South West region in Abeokuta, Ogun state.

The workshop was based on reproductive Maternal Newborn Child Adolescence Health and Nutrition (RMNCAH+N).

Represented by Mrs Gimbiya Dogara, the wife of the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mrs Buhari said people at the workshop had the potentials to influence the indices and change the trajectory for good.

According to her, strategic actions must be regional based because the uniqueness and peculiarity of each population cannot be left out.

“I wouldn’t bore you with the disheartening statistics of maternal and child mortality or the huge cost of malnutrition in Nigeria. It is however important to note these deaths happen in the states that constitutes Nigeria, not just at the Presidential Villa. And except every one of us takes responsibility and strategic action towards addressing these issues in our immediate regions, they may remain unchanged and even grow worse. We cannot also leave out the uniqueness and peculiarity of each population that’s is why we’ve chosen to come down to the zones where we can find more common grounds to address maternal and child mortality,” she said.

Mrs Buhari had on October 9, 2017, launched the Governors Wives Advocacy Coalition in Abuja with promise to support the states activities by carrying out capacity building workshops with the Governor’s wife as the Chief Advocate and other technical officers.

The wives of the governors of the South Western states and other stakeholders were present at the event which would end on Thursday.

Bilkisu Pai