The Oyo state governor, Engineer Seyi Makinde, this Wednesday, inaugurated the steering committee and technical working committee of a new health Initiative program named: Tomotiya.
The steering committee and technical working committee of the Tomotiya health initiative which was aimed at reducing maternal mortality in the state by 30% and reduce the neonatal mortality in the state by 20% were inaugurated at the International Conference Center, the University of Ibadan in partnership with the World Health Organization (WHO), and the United Nations Children’s Fund, UNICEF.
Governor Seyi Makinde, while inaugurating the Tomotiya steering and technical working committees through his deputy, engineer Rauf Olaniyan, said the committees will oversee essential care for the mother and the newborn immediately after childbirth, including the continuation of routine reproductive, maternal, neonatal, and child healthcare (RMNCH).
In his speech, the commissioner for health, Dr. Bashir Bello, explained that the state’s government is set to increase the number of births by skilled birth attendants by 30%, increase health care facility utilization by 60%, Set-up newborn corners in one primary health care center per ward in selected pilot local government areas, and insured pregnant women and children.
The Tomotiya health initiative steering committee core members include the special adviser on health to the Oyo state governor, Dr. Funmi Salami; the permanent secretary, Oyo state ministry of health, Dr. Mufutau Adebisi Ayoola; the permanent secretary of the hospital management board, Dr. Olusoji Adeyanju; the executive secretary, Oyo State primary health care board, Dr. Muideen Olatunji, amongst others.
Oyo Affairs correspondent, gathered that Oyo state is characterized by high neonatal mortality and low levels of immunization; which according to the 2016 situation analysis of the United Nations Children’s Fund, UNICEF, Oyo state ranked third after Kano and Jigawa in terms of numbers of neonatal deaths.