•‘Routine immunisation, post-natal care critical for newborn’
Wife of Lagos State governor, Mrs Bolanle Ambode, has said there is need for routine immunisation and post-natal care for the survival and growth of newborns.
The governor’s wife said it is also important for nursing mothers to pay greater attention to the Health of their children.
She urged expectant mothers in the state to justify government’s huge investment in maternal and infant health care by staying away from quacks and patronising government’s health care facilities.
Mrs Ambode spoke at the presentation of gifts to the first babies of the year at three general hospitals in the state. The governor’s wife noted that like the new year, the birth of a baby brings hope.
She said adequate care must be accorded them.
She said: “The arrival of a new born generally symbolises passing the baton to the next generation. In our culture, as in many others, a new baby is a messenger of hope, indicating good fortune for the family and society.
“From the depths of my heart, I congratulate and rejoice with the happy parents. As I do so, however, I wish to emphasise that post-natal care of the baby is just as important as the ante-natal.
“Therefore, mothers must take all necessary steps to ensure the well-being and good health of their babies. These include strict obedience of instructions of the medical personnel as well as good care and attention to themselves.”
Health Commissioner Dr Jide Idris said the event was symbolic, being the first activity of government in the new year.
He said it also exemplified the priority given to healthcare delivery in the state.
Also, the Chairman of the House of Assembly Committee on Health, Segun Olulada, called for the strengthening of the referral system to reduce pressure on general hospitals.