HACEY supports Delta State with 10,000 birth kits
A NON-GOVERNMENTAL organisation, HACEY Health Initiative, has pledged to support Delta State health ministry with over 10,000 birth kits, which will be donated to the Primary Health Centre (PHC) board.
A statement said, yesterday, HACEY made the pledge during a courtesy visit to the state Commissioner for Health. Speaking during the visit, HACEY’s Programme Manager, Oluwakemi Omole, noted that the project would run for one month.
“We still have women who, at time of delivery, visit Primary Health Centres as a result of their low economic status, we want to be able to ensure that they go through a clean and safe delivery process, hence the need for the birth kits.
“Additionally, several studies have shown a direct relationship between poor mental health and poor maternal and child health, we will therefore be training health workers to incorporate mental health in their Ante Natal Care (ANC) and Post Natal Care (PNC) routine,” she said.
HACEY’s Executive Director, Rhoda Robinson, quoting World Health Organisation (WHO), stated that about 295 000 women died during pregnancy and childbirth in 2017, and that Nigeria’s estimated maternal mortality ratio is over 800 maternal deaths per 100,000 live births, with approximately 58,000 maternal deaths recorded in 2015, adding that in a year, 140 million births take place globally.
Robinson said maternal health plus project would be beneficial to pregnant women, health workers and the entire community and state by extension, adding that the project aims to improve the nutritional and mental health status of over 15,000 pregnant and nursing women across communities in the South-South region of the country.
The Commissioner for Health in Delta State, Dr. Mordi Ononye, applauded HACEY Health Initiative for its previous work carried out in the state to improve the health and livelihood of community members. He particularly appreciated the organisation’s Clean Water team for the installation of seven boreholes in four Primary Health Care Centres and three schools in the state.