Ogun govt part­ners MTNF on Yel­low Heart Ini­tia­tive

The Guardian (Nigeria) - - BUSINESS -

THE Ogun State Gov­ern­ment and the MTN Foun­da­tion, along­side other rel­e­vant health­care agen­cies, last week, pledged to work col­lab­o­ra­tively to tackle the men­ace of in­fant and ma­ter­nal mor­tal­ity in the state.

The part­ner­ship, which was an­nounced dur­ing MTNF Yel­low Heart Health Fo­rum in Abeokuta, is a demon­stra­tion of MTNF’S com­mit­ment to re­duce ma­ter­nal and child mor­tal­ity by in­creas­ing the level of aware­ness and per­cep­tion of the phe­nom­e­non in Nige­ria and aligns with global ef­forts to meet the Sus­tain­able De­vel­op­ment Goals health tar­gets.

Com­ment­ing on MTNF’S de­ci­sion to sup­port the Ogun State Gov­ern­ment on this ini­tia­tive, Direc­tor, MTN Foun­da­tion, Den­nis Okoro, said the Foun­da­tion is sen­si­tive to the plights of mem­bers of the com­mu­nity where it op­er­ates. “We are very sen­si­tive to chal­lenges within our so­ci­ety, which is why we go the ex­tra mile to make the lives of peo­ple brighter. It is against this back­drop that the foun­da­tion cre­ated a man­date to spend to­wards im­prov­ing the state of health­care, ed­u­ca­tion and eco­nomic em­pow­er­ment,” he said.

“Ogun state is the first to ex­pe­ri­ence the yel­low heart ini­tia­tive and other states have been ar­ranged to fol­low, we re­alise that most deaths of moth­ers and chil­dren in our com­mu­ni­ties can be pre­vented us­ing ex­ist­ing knowl­edge, and proven cost-ef­fec­tive in­ter­ven­tions. This is why we hope to use the Yel­low Heart ini­tia­tive to ad­dress pre­dom­i­nant is­sues such as at­ti­tude and cul­tural prac­tice that hin­der women and chil­dren from ac­cess­ing health­care ser­vices in the so­ci­ety,” he added.

Ex­press­ing the ap­pre­ci­a­tion of the Gov­ern­ment, Com­mis­sioner for Health, Ogun State, Dr. Ba­batunde Ipaye, thanked the MTN Foun­da­tion for the yel­low heart ini­tia­tive and other im­pact­ful projects, com­mis­sioned by the foun­da­tion in the state. Ipaye, who was rep­re­sented by the Per­ma­nent Sec­re­tary, Ogun State, Min­istry of Health, Dr N.O Aig­oro, said the part­ner­ship comes at a time when the state is tak­ing se­ri­ous steps to im­prove the health­care sec­tor.

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