By Dayo Johnson
SUCCOUR came for indigent pregnant women in Ondo State as the wife of the governor, Betty Anyanwu-Akeredolu donated Solayo delivery kits to them across the 18 local councils of the state to ensure safe motherhood.
Solayo is an initiative for the provision of a life-saving solution for maternal and child health challenges in the state.
Akeredolu who made 1500 donations to some indigent women during the launch in Ore, Odigbo Council Area of the state noted that the gesture was born out of love by the present administration in the state towards maternal and child healthcare.
She said: “Pregnancy should be a thing of joy but when you do not have means, there is a problem and as a government, we have to step in and help because women will continue to have babies and not many can afford the items.
“Giving birth is an experience that every woman should have because it is a beautiful experience but it is not so for every woman because they lack basic needs. And when you have the babies, you should also have some goodies attached.”
Akeredolu promised that together with the state government, she would continue to support the well-being of mothers and children and advised women to embrace family planning in order to ensure better living and longevity.
While regretting that women always bore the brunt when the family could not feed and provide for children, the Governor’s wife enjoined women to give birth only to the number of children they could cater for, saying that “he who fails to plan, plans to fail.
“There is nothing wrong with family planning because our lives are not about making babies but other meaningful things must be achieved too.
“It is a good thing but we also have other things. The uptake of family planning in Nigeria is still very low.
“Out of humanity, we are supporting our women and creating awareness but give birth only to those you will be able to nurture because children need good nutrition.
“My interest is that mothers can be healthy and have healthy babies for joyful motherhood.”
Beneficiaries commend initiative
One of the beneficiaries, Mrs. Idowu Busari, also appreciated Mrs. Akeredolu for her unrelenting love and kindness for mothers and children in the state noting that the items would go a long way in ensuring the safe delivery of her expected baby.
The wife of the Council Chairman, Mrs. Rebecca Ikumawoyi, applauded the initiative of the Governor’s wife in giving delivery kits to indigent pregnant women across the 18 local councils of the state.