Live births in Ogun increased by 500% in two years- Commissioner

The health commissioner reeled out statistics to back his claims.

The number of live births recorded at Primary Healthcare Centres in Ogun State in the last two years has increased by over 500 per cent.

The State Commissioner for Health, Olaokun Soyinka, revealed this in Abeokuta during a media chat on Friday. He said that 16,123 live births recorded at the centres as at May 29, 2011 had galloped to 81, 507 as at April this year.

He added that, the total number of pregnant women accessing anti-natal clinics in the state had also increased from 60 per cent in 2010 to 74.9 per cent at the end of 2011, a development which he said had helped to reduce the incidence of maternal and child death in the state.

Mr. Soyinka affirmed that these feats were the results of measures put in place in the last two years by the State Government to enhance maternal health and reduce infant mortality, revealing that the number of health facilities making use of Health Management Information System in the State had increased from 52 last year to 388 this year.

The commissioner recalled that during the period, the State Government had embarked on a Roll out of Conditional Cash Transfer in three Local Government Areas from which 562 poor pregnant women benefited; adding that no fewer than 500 mama kits were distributed to pregnant mothers who registered in such health facilities last year.

He remarked that the state had in the last two years been certified to be polio-free; pointing out that it was part of measures to maintain this status that the State immunized more than two million children aged 0-59 months with polio vaccines.

Mr. Soyinka disclosed that the state had also given over 700,000 children aged 6-59 months Vitamin A supplement to boost their immune system against childhood illnesses.


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