The Lagos State Government, through the Office of Civic Engagement, is set to launch the Mother, Infant and Child (MICH) program to improve access to quality medicare for mothers and children in the state.
Princess Aderemi Adebowale, the Special Adviser to the Governor on Civic Engagement, stated on Friday at a media briefing that the program aims to nurture indigent pregnant women as well as their unborn children.
The initiative will assist prevalent mothers to feed properly from conception which is requisite for the general development and wellbeing of the child.
Adebowale noted that a threat to nutrition is a threat to the country and therefore the initiative is focused on improving the nutrition of pregnant women in 20 Local governments out of a total 37 Local Community Development Areas (LCDAs).
The initiative is said to be in four stages and each stage focuses on ensuring that expectant mothers are given free weekly nutritional meal plans from the State government.
“Our main focus is to ensure that the programme continues to provide free food packs for indigent pregnant women throughout pregnancy. This is to prevent malnutrition, which could cause stunted growth in children”, she noted.
Mrs. Adebowale pleaded with stakeholders, as well as the Local Government Areas (LGAs) and wives of LGAs Chairmen, to promote the initiative as it will curb the level of unhealthy mental development of the child from conception which has become a threat to society.
Doctor Japhet Olugbogi, Medical Officer of Health at Ifelodun LCDA, disclosed that the previous two phases of the program had deterred a lot of women from giving birth at home.
Olugbogi also urged Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), private organizations and corporate bodies, among others, to support the initiative in broadening its scope.