Rotary Club Akure “Prestige” Donates Birth Kits, Pays Hospital Bills Of Pregnant and Nursing Mothers

By Collins Dupson, 27th May,2022

The Rotary Club Akure “Prestige” has distributed maternal and birth kits to indigent mothers at Arakale Comprehensive Health Centre Akure, an annual event held in the month of April.

Speaking, the Chapter President of the club, Rotn. Adesoji Samson Omotade said it is not until one has too much money that one can live a life of impact.and that giving is one of the primary assignment of Rotarians.

Rotn. Omotade while also noting that Maternal and Child Health is one of the 7 areas of focus of Rotary, charging well meaning Nigerians to always give back to the less privileged around them.

“Maternal and Child Health is one of the seven cardinal areas of service of Rotary Club. In the month of April, we commemorate it by identifying with pregnant women and mother of new born babies”.

In his remarks, the Permanent Secretary, Ondo.State Primary Healthcare Development Agency, Dr. Francis Akanbiemu thanked Rotary for serving humanity selflessly saying the gesture will go a long way in easing the financial burden on indigent mothers who cannot afford the cost of purchasing the kits for the upkeep of their children.

Dr. Akanbiemu who said his agency has benefited immensely from similar gestures from Rotary in recent times through the donation of aprons used for routine immunization across government facilities, urged them not to relent in doing good.

Making his presentation about the activities of Rotary, AG Adejuwon Adediran urged the people to do good as giving has nothing to do with being so rich saying if everyone cultivates the art of giving at their individual level, the world would become a better place.

He also used the opportunity to call on professionals in different fields to join the club’s cause toward making impact on the lives of the people.

In a lecture titled: “Ante-Natal and Post-Natal care”, a nurse, Mrs. Oyegoke Olusola, urged the women to always prioritize their health as only a healthy mother can birth a healthy child.

Mrs. Oyegoke who also stressed the need to regularly check blood level and eat healthy foods further urged breastfeeding mothers to practise exclusive breastfeeding for optimal growth of their babies.

The event also featured a presentation on Rotary 4 Way Test by Rotn. Obadua just as Rotn. Lekan Oni read the Object of Rotary.

The climax of the event however is the distribution of maternal and child kits to indigent mothers as well as payment of hospital bills for some of them.

Other highlights include presentation of ‘thank you’ letter to the guest lecturer, Mrs. Oyegoke by Rotn. Olori Omolola on behalf of the club.

Responding on behalf of all the beneficiaries, Mrs. Grace Omidiji, an indigent mother thanked Rotary Club of Akure Prestige for the gesture just as she prayed that God will give them the enablement to do more.

Also in attendance at the event include Rotn. Olalekan Oni, Rotn. Olubunmi Falodun, the Dep. Director, Nursing Service, Mrs. Caroline Olofinsha and Mrs.Olabisi Owolabi who represented Dr. Cornelius Omoode, Director of Medical Services among other members from Rotary Akure Metro, Rotary Club of Akure City and Rotary Club of Akure Prestige.

The birth kit pack distributed by Rotary Club of Akure Prestige contained baby diapers, detergents, baby clothes among others.

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