Tiny Beating Hearts Initiative (TBHI), an NGO in Kogi, on Thursday said the organisation has launched an advocacy project aimed at reducing preterm-related issues in the state.
The Founder/Executive Director of the organisation, Mrs Petra Onyegbule, disclosed this in Lokoja during an advocacy visit to the state Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Development, Mrs Bolanle Amupitan.
According to her, northern states including Kogi are ranked among the highest in the country with premature-related births.
“Thereby, the country is recorded as the highest in Africa and third in the world,’’ she said.
Onyegbule, also the Chief Press Secretary to Gov. Yahaya Bello, said that the advocacy project would bring all actors and relevant stakeholders together.
She added that the collaboration was to proffer a lasting solution to the challenge of inadequate healthcare facilities for preemies in the state.
She stressed that quality healthcare delivery should be made available and affordable for low income pregnant women and their babies to enable them access treatment in a conducive environment at little or no cost.
“It is an issue that affects everyone; we all have a role to play.
“Efforts have been on by our organisation to ensure that these premature babies are given support and a chance to survive.
“The organisation will continue to play a major role of supporting families that go through these horrendous experiences to ensure their mental well being.
“Our organisation has donated relief materials to affected families, and we have also monetised 20 cylinder of oxygen for premature babies who live on oxygen.
“Oxygen that can last for eight hours is N3,500 which only few families can afford; this is why we are appealing to individuals, groups and organisations to support the less privileged victims,” she said.
Responding, Amupitan commended the organisation for the initiative of championing neonatal related issues in the state.
She pledged her ministry’s readiness to work with any individual, group or organisation that would be willing to render services to humanity in line with the ministry’s core objective.
“We will definitely give our support because we all know that it is expensive to maintain premature babies. We will work with you as a ministry to help reach out to more women,” Amupitan said.
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