By Anayo Okoli
Umuahia -THE Minister of Women Affairs and Social Development, Mrs. Salamatu Suleiman yesterday appealed to the Abia state Governor, Chief Theodore Orji to enact a law that will give pregnant women and children under five years of age complete free medical treatment.
According to Mrs. Suleiman, the action will reduce the high maternal and child deaths in the state.
The Minister also urged the Governor to make an appropriate law that will strengthen the health system and give women access to ante-natal and post-natal care.
Mrs. Suleiman spoke when he paid a courtesy visit to the Governor while she was in the stateÂ for a two-day advocacy visit to solicit support for her ministryâ€™s programmes on the empowerment of women, children and other vulnerable groups.
The Minister had earlier at the palace of Eze Hope of Onuigbo, the traditional ruler of Ossai and Chairman of Abia state council of Traditional Rulers, sought the support of the royal fathers in the war against some harmful widowhood practices. She specifically urged the royal fathers to lend their support to ensure that the bill on Violence against Women and Harmful Widowhood Practices now before the state House of Assembly is passed.
The minister also urged Governor Orji to work towards implementing the regional and international initiatives of at least 30% womenâ€™s representation in both elective and appointive positions in the state.