Wednesday, 27 April 2016

Women, Children Health Initiative To Check Mortality Rate – Aisha Buhari

The wife of Nigeria’s President, Mrs Aisha Buhari, says the Children and Women Health Initiative is aimed at promoting preventive medicine practices.

She said it would help checkmate the alarming rate of mortality resulting from late presentation of diseases affecting women in Nigeria.

The wife of the President made the statement at the Olubadan Palace in Ibadan, as part of her two-day visit to Oyo State.

Mrs Buhari told reporters that the programme would offer 2,500 women free screening for cervical and breast cancers while blood screening would also be done to detect blood glucose for women at designated centres, including markets.

In his remarks, the Oyo State Governor, Abiola Ajimobi, who received Mrs Buhari’s entourage with his wife, Mrs Florence Ajimobi, his deputy and cabinet members, lauded the initiative, saying the culture of preventive medicine must be made popular among Nigerians to promote longevity.

Mrs Aisha Buhari and her entourage earlier arrived at the Ibadan Airport into the waiting arms of Governor Ajimobi and his wife and other government officials.

She was led straight to the palace of the Olubadan of Ibadan, Oba Saliu Adetunji Ogungunniso 1 to pay homage and explain the reason for her visit.

Governor Ajimobi in his remarks promised that the state would do all within its power to support the initiative, as health remained a critical sector in Oyo State.

Welcoming the dignitaries to his palace, Oba Adetunji expressed delight that Mrs Buhari had chosen to start the free screening for the South-West zone in Oyo State.

He promised that utmost support would be given to the programme which would begin on Thursday by all and sundry.