Abuja – President Goodluck Jonathan, has said that his administration will be one in which no woman dies while giving birth.
Jonathan gave the assurance at the 23rd Annual and General Meeting of the West African Postgraduate College of Pharmacists’ (WAPCP) on Tuesday in Abuja.
“As an administration, we are insisting that no woman should die while giving birth, it is in this regard that Nigeria is fully supportive of regional and global efforts to address these issues.
“Issues relating to MDGs 4 and 5 which focus on reducing child mortality and improving maternal health are a top priority for this government, as we hope to achieve all the MDGs on schedule,” he said.
Jonathan said that other initiatives by the government included giving women access to proper maternity health care as well as the introduction of vaccines for children.
“I am optimistic that what is being done in the health sector will help us achieve these MDGs in the year 2015,” he said.
The president acknowledged a growing need for pharmacists in West Africa and stated that his administration would lend its support to educational facilities seeking to fill that need.
The meeting was held along with the WAPCP’s 53rd Council and Scientific Symposium, which had the theme: “Maternal and Child Mortality in the West African Region’’.
WAPCP honoured the President, with a fellowship award of the college, with three other individuals, for their contributions to the field of pharmacy in West Africa.
Also, 52 of the postgraduate students who sat for the examinations and qualified were also honoured.
The President who was represented by the Minister of Health, Prof. Onyebuchi Chukwu, thanked WAPCP and congratulated his colleagues, the new fellows of the college.
Jonathan added that such an honour would encourage him to do more for pharmacy and pharmacists in future. (NAN