Safe Motherhood Week Activities Kicks Off In Calabar
From conception to delivery, the Cross River State Government has proclaimed its commitment to keeping mothers safe. With nearly 3000 women dying every day in Nigeria from preventable reasons associated to pregnancy and childbirth, the CRS government, led by Sen. Prof. Ben Ayade, has continued to implement effective measures aimed at lowering the rate of Maternal Mortality in the state. The Deputy Governor’s wife, Her Excellency Mrs Omotunde Ivara Esu, the State’s Health Commissioner, Dr Betta Edu, the DG of the CRSPHCDA, Dr Janet Ekpenyong, the Speaker’s wife, Hon. Imabong Eteng, the Chairman of Calabar Municipality, Hon. Efeffiong Nta, and his wife, Mrs Theresa Eke, among other health stakeholders/partners in the State, all took
The purpose of the event was to carry out massive sensitization campaigns on the importance of safe pregnancy and childbirth with skilled birth attendants, which will help reduce the high rate of maternal mortality in the State, according to Her Excellency Mrs Omotunde Ivara Esu, wife of the State’s deputy Governor, who praised Sen. Prof. Ben Ayade’s government’s numerous achievements in the health sector. “Let me take this opportunity to congratulate this administration on its accomplishments, particularly in the industrial and health sectors, where the State has made significant progress thanks to the tireless and results-oriented efforts of the health commissioner, Dr Betta Edu, and her team. As we all know, motherhood is a great responsibility. “It is our duty and responsibility as moms to provide the best possible care and attention to ourselves, especially during pregnancy. Communities, men, and pregnant women all have a role to play. As a government, we will continue to do everything we can to ensure that we have the necessary health infrastructure in place to make this procedure as easy as possible for all of our women.”
During the event, CRS Commissioner for Health Dr Betta Edu reaffirmed the government’s resolve to do all possible to ensure that pregnancy and childbirth remain safe. “Today is about raising awareness and encouraging our women to seek appropriate care through pregnancy, labor, and afterwards.” With this year’s theme being “Improving Demand, Access, and Utilization of Maternal Services in the Context of the Covid-19 Pandemic,” we will always provide medical care, skilled delivery, HIV PMTCT service, antimalaria, Immunization, micronutrients, family planning Delivery kits, and many other interventions from conception to delivery that might help reduce the high rate of death during chinese pregnancy.
“The government of Governor Ben Ayade has made it possible for us to get care even at our doorsteps, as there is no Ward in CRS without a working health facility, and our general hospitals have been upgraded and are functioning with exceptional equipments/facilities to make childbirth safe. It is therefore time we stopped patronizing Traditional Birth Attendants (TBAs), religious institutions, or delivering at home.” Before the government can help us, we must first help ourselves. Ayade Care is a free care service that you can sign up for. We will continue to do everything we can as a state to keep every mother secure.”
Dr. Janet Ekpenyong, the DG of the CRSPHCDA, urged moms to use health facilities instead of TBAs because TBAs’ functions are limited to referrals. We are working with the House of assemble to get the law. If any TBA delivers a child they will be arrested.
Hon. Nta, the chairman of Calabar South LGA, who hosted the event, urged mothers to use government facilities while also urging their husbands to provide them with the necessary support, noting that while childbirth is primarily a woman’s responsibility, the man has a significant role to play in making the process safe and healthy for both the mother and the child.
During the ceremony, representatives from UNFPA, UNICEF, and WHO all expressed their determination to continue to support the government in this fight. The distribution of delivery kits to expectant mothers and Prof Marbel Ekott’s keynote lecture were highlights of the event.