Caretaker Chairman of Itesiwaju Local Government Area of Oyo State, Adeniyi Adeagbo was on Tuesday expressed his commitment to improve the state of primary health care in the local council.

Adeagbo stated this at Primary Health Care Centre, Igbojaye where he was a guest at a special occasion organised by the council for nursing mothers themed, “Maternal & Child Health Show,” an exercise aimed at following up on progress of Primary Health Care projects of his administration.

The chairman has given free, compulsory and qualitative basic health care services to the people of Itesiwaju Council as part of his priority in the health care sector.

Hon. Adeagbo while giving his speech at the event said, ‘each year thousands of women and millions newborn babies die from maternal health and newborn complications in Sub-Saharan Africa. Infections and diseases like pneumonia, malaria or diarrhoea are the main causes, together with premature and low-weight birth, lack of hygiene or of a safe place during labour and delivery.

The simple fact is that most of these deaths can be prevented by easy, available and cost effective solutions, as long as pregnant women and new mothers with infants get the right health care at the right time. I must commend the Executive Governor of Oyo State, Sen. Ishaq Abiola Ajimobi for making the welfare of Oyo State people, his topmost priority and I must confess that his blueprint for health sector is what we are diligently executing in Itesiwaju LGA.’

The council boss re-echoed his administration’s commitment to tackle infant and maternal mortality in the council area. One of our missions is to provide our women the opportunity for healthy pregnancies and safe childbirths, to provide all infants with the healthy start they deserve.

Meanwhile, Hon. Adeniyi Adeagbo inspected cross-section of nursing mothers present at the occasion and expressed his happiness about the healthy growth and proper care of babies by their mothers. Adeagbo thanked the council’s medical personnel, pregnant women and nursing mothers for making the government’s interventions in health sector, a huge success. He chose 3 best-dressed children and gave out N5,000 each to their mothers.

The event witnessed community sensitisation rally, drama on immunisation, drama on personal hygiene and family planning, administration of oral polio vaccines to babies, prize giving to the babies that completed their immunization schedule without missing a date and other special health talks.