The Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun says his government is not relenting in its efforts at reducing to the barest minimum, the level of neonatal mortality, caused by failure to initiate spontaneous breathing by babies at birth.
Speaking at a one-day workshop tagged "Help Babies Breath" (HBB), organised by Afe Babalola University (ABUAD), in partnership with , Project C.U.R.E, World Health Organisation (WHO) and United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in Ado-Ekiti, the Ekiti State capital, Governor Amosun said training and retraining of Traditional Birth Attendants (TBAs) on best practices to handle the situation, would further reduce infant mortality rate.
Represented by his Chief of Staff, Chief Tolu Odebiyi, the Governor said the State was poised to helping babies survive, through continuous training of TBAs, stressing that it would be willing to receive assistance from partners from any part of the world to combat the menace of infant mortality.
He commended the management and staff of the University for organising the workshop, expressing readiness of the State to partner with the institution and other foreign medical agencies in training medical and tradomedical personnel.
Earlier in his address, the Vice Chancellor ABUAD, Professor Micheal Ajisafe, who was represented by Professor Smaranda Olarinde, affirmed that the future of the nation depends on the survival of its infants, who in turn grow to become youths and strength of the nation.
Commending on the new techniques, like; tactile stimulation, airway clearing and nasogastric tube feeding, Professor Ajisafe urged participants to take advantage of the training to learn new innovations in ensuring safe delivery.
Wale Olanrewaju & Sesan Sodunke
Press Officers, Office of the Chief of Staff.