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Infant mortality rate worries Kogi

By Boluwa Obahopo

LOKOJA—KOGI State Government has described as disturbing the alarming rate of increase of infant mortality in the state.

Governor Idris Wada gave the hint at the flag -off of the 2012 maternal and child health week at Ugwolawo, Ofu Local Government Area, yesterday.

The governor, who was represented by Deputy Governor Yomi Awoniyi, said the development had prompted his administration to seek for innovative ways aimed at providing strong network of health services to meet the needs of mothers, newborns and children.

According to Wada, this situation had also made the government to cry out to experts in the health sector to help proffer solutions that would address the causes of maternal and child mortality in the state.

Wada, however, said in the interim his government had reduced the cost of treating pregnant women and children under five years in all public health institutions across the state by 50 percent to reduce maternal and infant mortality rate in the state.


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