May 27, 2018 1:04 am
Aisha Buhari, wife of President Muhammadu Buhari, has said that she was ready to partner any group or organisation with the agenda of promoting the prevalence of maternal, new born and child health in the society through her pet project, Aisha Buhari Foundation.
She gave the assurance in Umuahia, Abia State during the flag off of High Level Advocacy Meeting on Maternal, New Born and Child Health organised by her Foundation in collaboration with Vicar Hope Foundation, a pet project of Nkechi Ikpeazu, wife of Abia State Governor and other stakeholders in the Health sector.
Mrs. Buhari, who was represented by Tessy Maina, disclosed that her NGO was into advocacy nationwide on maternal, new born and child health.
“We are interested in the health of Nigerian mother and child. We accelerate efforts to the campaign on maternal, new born children and HIV/AIDS prevention. The foundation will provide all the necessary support to ensure no woman dies during child birth,” the first lady said.
She thanked the wife of Abia Governor, Nkechi, for responding swiftly through her Foundation and described her as a champion of the advocacy campaign.
Governor Okezie Ikpeazu in his speech thanked the wife of the President for the partnership with Abia State and for her interest in mother/child care.
Ikpeazu, represented by John Ahukanna, Abia State commissioner for health, disclosed that health was one of the priorities of his administration, adding that a lot of innovations had been recorded in the health sector.
Nkechi Ikpeazu, in her speech expressed happiness for being part of the coalition of persons and groups with the intent of reducing the incidences of HIV/AIDS from mother to child.
“As a mother, I know that every parent desires the best for their children and no parent will willfully transfer a medical burden to a loved child. Providing this HIV/AIDS services will go a long way to making our people healthier and reduce statistics,” she said.
She hinted that she had worked extensively with sickle cell patients and knew the psychological and emotional pain such situation could wreak on a family.
Ikpeazu thanked the wife of President Buhari for introducing and championing this course, noting that it was not the first time Aisha Buhari and Future Assured had been intervening in the matters of Abia State.
She disclosed that the Nigerian first lady in the past distributed food and nutritional supplements to pregnant women and nursing mothers as well as distributing food items to 2000 indigent families in the state.
UDOKA AGWU, UMUAHIA