As part of a week long event to mark the first maternal child week in Kebbi state ,wife of the president Mrs Aisha Muhammadu Buhari has challenged wives of state Governors to assist their husbands especially in the reduction of maternal and infant mortality rates.

Mrs Buhari who stormed Kebbi state with the wives of the senate president and speaker ,Governors ,ministers and top women politicians said that wives of Governors were in a vintage position to influence change in the health sector particularly that of women and children in their respective states.

She was speaking at the commissioning of Birnin Yari primary Health Care Centre and Jega General Hospital which was named after Her .

She noted that “children and women’s education is key to understanding the dynamics of their health status ” as a veritable means of enhancing their lives and ultimately the society at large .

The Wife of the president who commended the initiative of the wife of The Kebbi state Governor Mrs Zainab Bagudu emphasized that such gesture was in line with the expectation of the people to have a very sound and functional health care facility at their door step to address various health challenges .

Mrs Buhari who was overjoyed by the honor of naming the health facility after her expressed her determination to continue the crusade for improved health care for “women and children which was the nexus of her advocacy initiative tagged FUTURE ASSURED ” targeted at the disadvantaged group in the society .

“every mother should take advantage of the available health centers to seek for medical advise to guard agains early death of women and children “she said .
She also acknowledged the steadfastness and enthusiasm always shown by development partners to make their inputs and influence the rebirth of the health sector .
“To all our partners in the stride for improved health care ,I say thank you for your efforts in influencing the development of the health status of women and children “,

Mrs Zainab Bagudu in her remark said the health of women and children is also of utmost concern to her ,hence the initiative to reduce maternal and child mortality .

She commended Mrs Buhari for making herself available for the event and her leadership role in advocacy initiative to change the fortune of Nigerian women and children “because women and children are the most vulnerable group” deserving serious attention .

Stakeholders including representatives of the the world Bank ,UNICEF ,John Hopkins among others commended the initiative and pledged their support to such health reform for the benefit of the populace and especially the rural inhabitants .

They also called for the engagement of adequate manpower to maintain the facility to live up to the demands of the beneficiaries .

Dated Thursday 4th February 2016

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