The bustling city of Lokoja was astir as government officials, health professionals, pregnant women and well wishers converged at the Old Market Primary Health Centre, Lokoja on Tuesday,10th August 2021 for the flag-off ceremony of Senator Smart Adeyemi’s Health Insurance Program for pregnant women in Kogi West Senatorial District targeted to cover 1000 pregnant women.
The ceremony was anchored by the State Health Insurance Agency and Chaired by the Secretary to the Kogi State Government, Dr (Mrs) Folashade Arike Ayoade.
In her address, the SSG celebrated the sponsor of the initiative, Sen. Smart Adeyemi for his contribution to bringing safety to motherhood. She added that no woman deserves to lose her life or that of her child during pregnancy or at labour. Therefore the initiative of Sen Smart to serve humanity by contributing to safe motherhood is not only welcome but greatly appreciated.
The SSG on a lighter note advised the women “please do not start giving birth every year now ooo because Sen. Smart is supporting your health insurance. Go for family planning and enjoy a better family life”.
The Honourable Commissioner of Health, Dr Saka Audu gave a goodwill message amongst others.
“One of our own, Distinguished Senator Adeyemi has brought succor to 1000 pregnant women across Western senatorial district of Kogi state. The scheme will reduce incidence of Maternal and infant mortality to the barest minimum”.
Dr Saka Haruna Audu
Kogi State HCH.
“Sen. Smart Adeyemi’s selfless decision to adopt pregnant women for health insurance in Kogi west will never be forgotten and will surely go a long way to assist the target group achieve quality maternal health care services. This gesture will help to achieve safe motherhood which is the joy of every pregnant woman”.
Dr Aledare Adekunle
“This gesture of Sen. Smart to the people of the West, taking care of pregnant women who are the beneficiaries is commendable. I enjoin other Senators and political office holders to do similarly. ‘charity, they say begins at home’. I applaud the Senator because this is the kind of development we seek to achieve in the State. This will also consolidate the efforts of His Excellency, Gov. Yahaya Bello through the State Health Insurance Agency to ensure that quality health is accessible and affordable for all”.
Dr Abubakar Yakubu
“We at the Hospitals Management Board are particularly excited with the development and express appreciation to the sponsor Sen. Adeyemi and hope that as individuals, private organizations and political office holders, we will join the wagon giving back to society in divers capacities. I pick up the challenge to do likewise and support 100 pregnant women from my domain”.
Dr Zakari Usman
“This is one way I decided to give back to society and it is far from political gimmicks. There are other packages in plan for the youth like scholarships and skill acquisition. Soon, Health Insurance will commence for the elderly as from 70 years and above”.
Sen. Smart Adeyemi
Senator, Representing Kogi West.
High point of the event was presentation of demo registration cards to pregnant women.