The Coalition of Women Associations of Ogun on Thursday called for the provision of ultrasound vehicle especially in the rural areas, to reduce child and maternal mortality rate in the state.
The Vice-President of the Association, Mrs Funmilayo Oguniyi, made the plea during an advocacy visit by the women on maternal health to the state House of Assembly, Abeokuta.
The visit was to mark the 2022 International Women’s Day celebration.
Oguniyi, who requested for two mobile ultrasound vehicles in each of the three senatorial districts of the state, said that such equipment would enhance accessibility of rural pregnant women to the ultrasound services.
She described the experience of pregnant women accessing ultrasound services in the rural areas as repulsive.
The association’s vice-president appealed to the state government to allocate slots for pregnant women under its Health Insurance Scheme.
Oguniyi said that the group would continue to discuss women’s achievements, raise awareness about violence against women and maternal mortality.
She noted that since the assumption of office of the present administration in the state, the budgetary allocation to the Primary Health Care services had received a boost.
Responding, the Speaker, Mr Olakunle Oluomo, promised to table the group’s request before the state government for prompt action.
Oluomo, who appreciated the women’s group for their selfless efforts, urged them to register for the newly inaugurated State Health Care Insurance Scheme.
The speaker promised that the Ninth Assembly in the state would continue to support gender bills that would be of best interest to the women.