Resource Centre for Human Rights and Civic Education (CHRICED) has called on the Kano State House of Assembly to speed up process of passing into law, the bill for free Maternal and Child Healthcare before it.
Dr. Ibrahim M. Zikirullah, Executive Director of the Centre made the call during a press conference advocating for the effective use of Maternal and Child Healthcare Resources in Kano State.
Zikirullah, who was represented by the Senior Program Officer, CHRICED, Mr. Omoniyi Adewoye opined that the bill will help address the unacceptable high rates of maternal and and child mortality recorded in the state.
He also noted that evidence gathered through research indicates that poverty, ignorance, and lack of access to quality maternal and child healthcare services are some of the factors contributing to the unfortunate occurrence in the state.
“We are passionately calling on members of the state assembly in Kano to pass into law the bill on free Maternal and Child Healthcare.
No woman should die in the process of giving birth because she can’t afford some services, no child also should be lost because his parents can’t afford to pay.
This bill, we believe will help reduce this event and erase Kano from the list of leading state in maternal mortality in the country”.
The Executive Director passionately solicits the help of the media and CSO partners, stakeholders in the maternal and child healthcare sector in the state as well as relevant government officials and agencies and the general public to join them in the pursuit of reducing maternal and child mortality in the state.
He stressed that it is only by joining forces to to advocate for better and free services for pregnant mothers, shall the bill see the light of the day.
He further noted that, when this is achieved, millions of women and children from low-income families and the poorest of the poor in Kano State will have access to quality maternal and child healthcare services.