By G9ija

Wife of Lagos State governor Mrs. Ibijoke Sanwo-Olu has launched Maternal, Newborn, Child and Adolescent Health (MNCAH) Week in Ejigbo Local Council Development Area (LCDA).

The 2020 MNCAH Week, which will run between October 5 and 9  is aimed at reminding Lagosians to take good care of their health and publicising the free health services available to the vulnerable

The event will be held simultaneously across Primary Health Care (PHC) clinics and designated areas in Lagos State.

Popularly called “Mother of twenty million and more”, Mrs. Sanwo-Olu said the event was initially focused on mothers and children, “but this time the state government is extending the benefits to young adults.”

She listed some of the benefits of the week-long event and encouraged all and sundry to spread the word, so that a large number of people would enjoy the benefits.

Mrs Sanwo-Olu discouraged the patronage of quack health officials, as well as traditional birth attendants.

Instead, she encouraged the patronage of established government health facilities.

“It is sad to note that a lot of our expectant mothers still patronise quacks who claim to be traditional birth attendants, while illegally practising orthodox medicine. These quacks do nothing but to add sorrow to our people by killing their newborns, pregnant teenage girls, under-five children and even expectant mothers who patronise them for treatment, delivery and illegal termination of pregnancies.”

To the residents of the council, Mrs. Sanwo-Olu said cases have been made to Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu in order to repair some of the bad roads and make movement easier for the people.

Representing the Commissioner for Health, Prof. Akin Abayomi, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Health, Mr. Olusegun Ogboye, thanked Ejigbo LCDA Chairman Alhaji Monsurudeen Oloyede Bello for making the launch  a success.