Akeredolu’s wife launches Olori Connection to achieve RMNCAH+N mandates
Wife of Ondo State governor, Mrs. Betty Anyanwu-Akeredolu, has hinged the success of Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn, Child, Adolescent, Health and Nutrition (RMNCAH+N) mandates on the communal participatory roles of women in the state.
Anyanwu-Akeredolu said this Monday in Akure at a press conference to herald the launching of “Olori Connection,” which provides a platform for interaction with oloris and wives of traditional rulers in the three senatorial districts of the state. According to her, the oloris and wives of the traditional rulers in the state were identified as indispensable stakeholders to champion RMNCAH+N mandate initiated by the President’s wife, Mrs Aisha Buhari.
She said it was part of the commitment of the state government to empower women in the state, giving them virile platforms for political and socio-economic development.
Olori connection, as she stated, would co-opt active communal participation in the grassroots, alleviate the sufferings of the people and proffer effective solutions to the challenges in healthcare services and data management.
The programme, which kicks off today in Akure, Central Senatorial District and tomorrow in Owo, the North Senatorial District, would be rounded off in Okitipupa, the Headquarters of Okitipupa LGA on Thursday, in the South Senatorial District.
“Various dialogues in line with the mandate, RMNCAH+N will be held with the oloris so as to commit them as active stakeholders in improving health at the grassroots,” she said.
Mrs Anyanwu-Akeredolu disclosed that “Olori Connection is the direct involvement of wives of traditional rulers in the state to bring good health to the women, children and people of Ondo State; bridging the gaps in healthcare.”
She listed the duties of monarchs’ wives to include interaction with health facilities, local governments, post and ante-natal advisory roles, birth registration; and later death to get veritable data on RMNCAH+N mandates.
The Firstlady added that the engagement of the oloris, who have overbearing influence in the community, would be complementary to the past successes achieved in the health sector, especially on the gains of maternal mortality reduction.
The Commissioner for Health, Dr. Wahab Adegbenro and his Women Affairs and Social Development counterpart, Mrs Omowumi Olatunji-Edet, alongside other stakeholders like the National Population Commission (NPC), pledged their supports.
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