Scores of expectant mothers on Friday thronged the Primary Health Centre (PHC), Iwaya, Makoko, Lagos to receive Globacom Limited and African Health Now Maternity Go Boxes designed to provide instant relief to mothers.
The Maternity Go Box contains most of the items needed by a new mother to make child delivery hassle-free. The items included six yard cloth for backing the baby, sanitary towels, baby clothes, soaps, wipes and other essentials.
Speaking on the scheme, Globacom’s Regional Manager, Lagos 2, Mr. Victor Kalu, said that Globacom was partnering AHN to improve the health of women by increasing pre-natal care, reducing infant mortality and supporting mothers to deal with post-partum depression. He noted that the choice of Iwaya Primary Health Centre, a waterfront community supporting about 40,000 residents, was germane because of the peculiar needs of the area.
Explaining the outreach scheme, the Founder, African Health Now, Nana Eyeson-Akiwowo, said that her organization discovered that some expectant mothers were not prepared for child birth in any way and would only come to the clinic for delivery without attending ante-natal clinics and requisite amenities. “Our goal is to break that cycle by supporting these women from pregnancy to delivery and postpartum with the Maternity Go Box”, she enthused.
Apart from Globacom, African Health Now is also partnering with renowned US-based Nigerian actor, Dayo Okeniyi, and his Positive Vibes Only (PVO) group as well as Dr. Debo Odulana, the Chief Executive Officer of Doctoora.com, to deliver the maternity kits.