19 November 2012

Nigeria: 1,200 Pregnant Women Get MDGs Support in Ogun

Photo: Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Mothers are encouraged to practice kangaroo care for as much of the day as possible.

Abeokuta — A total of 1200 pregnant women have benefited from the Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) scheme under the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) project in Ogun state. The scheme is meant to provide incentives for the women to promote healthy living and reduce poverty.

The state governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, while flagging-off the scheme in Abeokuta South Local Government Area of the state, urged the about 400 beneficiaries in the council area to make judicious use of the package.

Represented by the Commissioner for Health, Dr. Olaokun Soyinka, the governor said the scheme is meant to address Goal 4 and 5 of the MDGs, which is aimed at taking care of the mother and child to prevent maternal mortality as well as child morbidity.

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