No fewer than 5000 expectant mothers will benefit from the free delivery Kits to be given out by the Support Toward Advancement Networking and Development for Women And Children Foundation (STAND).
STAND Executive Director, Ms. Olusayo Adeleye, said this during kick-off of the exercise on Wednesday in Ibadan.
Adeleye said that the gesture was part of efforts to tackle maternal and neonatal mortality in line with the Sustainable Development Goal 3.
She described the distribution of the delivery kits to women as a life-saving health interventions to improve maternal healthcare delivery in the country.
“This is the first phase of the distribution of Delivery Kits under the STAND Foundation ABIYE SAFE BIRTH INITIATIVE.
“We are starting off here at the Abidiodan Primary Health Care Centre in Lagelu Local Government Are, where 50 women are beneficiaries.
“We are targeting low-income and rural community areas of the state.
“Quite a number of maternal and neonatal deaths are as a result of infection caused by giving birth in unsanitary conditions and the use of unsterilised equipment.
“These kits contain all a pregnant woman needs to have a safe, clean birth and prevent infection,” she said.
In her remarks, Mrs Cécilia Akinboade, a Community Health and Nursing Officer in charge of the Abidiodan Primary Health Care Centre, said that the effort of the foundation in the fight against maternal mortality in the state was commendable.
Akinboade said that it would discourage at home delivery and patronage of unskilled birth attendants.