In continuing to work towards ensuring that mothers and children get the care they deserve and ultimately reducing maternal and child mortality rates in Nigeria, SLNI took her services to Ambursa town and Ujariyo village, both in Kebbi state in a community program targeting expectant mothers tagged “Saving mothers and babies in Kebbi state”.
It is common knowledge that Kebbi and Adamawa states share the highest burden of maternal mortality rates in Nigeria so every intervention in this regard is much needed.
According to Alhaji Mohammed Atiku Kende, the permanent secretary, Kebbi state ministry of Health, “programs like this are highly appreciated and it is our hope that SLNI returns again for more programs like this in Kebbi state”.
The program which took place on the 17th of May 2016 featured health talks on stages in pregnancy, essential tips for ensuring a safe delivery, child spacing and family planning, importance of exclusive breastfeeding, importance of routine immunization, essence of personal hygiene and clean environment, importance and demonstration of proper hand washing routine and ultimately, the distribution of birthing (safe delivery) kits and vitamin supplements to the expectant mothers. At the end of the program in both communities, a total of 300 birthing kits and vitamin supplements were distributed to highly overjoyed expectant mothers attending ante-natal classes.
In future, it is our hope that we will be able to go to more communities and provide this much needed intervention to women in Kebbi state and Nigeria as a whole.
Here are more pictures from the program: