UNICEF Calls For Men Involvement In Promoting Maternal, Child Health
The United Nations has called for the involvement of men in tackling the alarming rate of maternal and child mortality in Nigeria.
Maternal, Newborn and Child health (MNCH) Manager, UNICEF Nigeria, Dr. Linda Akondeng, stated this at a media conference organised by “The White Ribbon Alliance Nigeria”(WRAN), for the formal presentation of Jim Iyke as WRAN special Envoy/Goodwill Ambassador for MNCH in Abuja.
Dr. Akondeng who said over the years women have been the only ones engaged in the fight against Maternal and Child Mortality, said it was high time the men are brought on board.
According to her, the male support have proven to be the only missing link to addressing family health, especially in the North West.
She therefore advised the the new Ambassador to see his new task as a very challenging one that needs total commitment adding that 62% of births take place at home, where women’s lives are at a greater risk.
“Fear of disrespect and abuse plays a significant role in a woman’s decision to give birth at home” she added.
A representative from the Ministry of Health, Dr. Ovuoraye John, said all hands must be on deck in improving the health care system of women and children across the country.
Dr. John called for more partnership from NGOs, adding that the ministry was ready to welcome any idea and suggestions in reducing the Maternal and Child Mortality rate to its barest minimum.
The National Coordinator, WRAN, Tonte Ibraye, said the unveiling of Jim Iyke as the Goodwill Ambassador of MNCH, was part of the organization’s advocacy strategies in its campaign against Maternal and Child Mortality in the country.
Responding, the Nollywood Actor, Jim Iyke, who commended the organization(WRAN) for the position, said every woman deserve to feel safe during pregnancy and while giving birth.
He said this was an opportunity for him to play his role in the fight against Maternal and Child mortality in the country.
Jim Iyke however promised to do all he can in the campaign and promotion of Maternal, Newborns And child survival in the country.