INT’ WOMEN’S DAY: OGUN SPEAKER REASSURES WOMEN OF ADEQUATE LEGISLATIONS FOR BETTER LIVING

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… implores them to register for the state health insurance scheme

The Speaker of Ogun State House of Assembly, Rt.Hon.Olakunle Oluomo has reassured women in the state of the OGHA’s commitment to legislations that would continue to make life better for women and children in the state.

Rt.Hon.Oluomo stated this on Wednesday at the Assembly Complex, Oke-Mosan during the advocacy visit of Women Groups to the Assembly in commemoration of the International Women’s Day.

The Speaker,who commended the women for all their efforts towards the growth and development of Ogun State said” This Assembly will continue to make sure that our health sector, especially as its affects women and children are not neglected. I say it boldly that the first budget made by this legislature, We look at certain areas, slash some amount from some areas and we deliberately put it in health, especially primary health care

“” That is why you can see that the budget in health is more higher in our session. We thank the Governor for understanding our position and for keying into it

“And if you look round the state now, you will see that most of our PHCs that have been abandoned for years are now enjoying renovations. 2 or 3 weeks ago, another 13 were awarded for renovations and I can assure you that this will be in our Constituencies. We shall continue to do this for you, not only for you but for us, because you are our mothers, wives, children and everything”

While speaking on the benefits of the State health insurance scheme, the Speaker implored the women to register for the scheme, adding that the advantages outweigh the sum of registration “Just last week, a woman gave birth through caesarean operation, because she has registered, the surgery was done free for her”

“When you register for the scheme, they will treat you free of charge. The #12OOO payment is not up to what most of our women used in buying clothes. So you women should go back home and spread the gospel of the health scheme as that sum of money can save you lives and that of your children”

Earlier, two of the leaders of the women advocacy groups, Vice-President of Coalition of of Women Association, Ogun -State, COWAOS, Mrs Funmilayo Ogunniyi and the executive director, Women for Peace and Gender Equality Iniatives, Ms.Mojisola Akinsanya, informed the speaker and some members of the Assembly present, on the purpose of the visit.

“We are here today representing women in Ogun State and also as part of activities marking 2022 International Women’s Day. Women are celebrated annually all over the world on March 8, it is a day set aside to discuss women’s achievements, raise awareness about violence against, maternal mortality, women inequality to lobby for the acceleration of gender parity. The campaign for the year is Breakthebias.

” We want to appreciate you for the numerous good policies the 9th Legislative House have enacted into laws. We want to categorically thank you for the executive arm of the Ogun State Government for allocating public resources to improving primary health care. This sector has been neglected for many years and has been denied access to quality health care services, most especially for women and children in rural areas of Ogun State.

“Specicifically, between the periods of 2013 – 2019, the budgetary allocation to primary health care was near zero but since you resumed office, the budgetary allocation to the PHC services received uplift. This has however reflected in the rehabilitation of PHC centers, provision of tricycle ambulances, keying into the basic health care provision fund, and provision of health insurance among others.

Presenting their demands to the Assembly,they stated

  1. ” for the sake of our women in the rural areas and in the spirit of #breakthebais, we demand a Mobile Ultrasound Vehicle Systems (2 per senatorial districts). This equipment is to facilitate the accessibility of our pregnant women in rural areas to the ultrasound services. The experience of our pregnant women accessing ultrasound services is utmost repulsive.
  2. ” Allocate slots for pregnant women under the health insurance scheme 3. As a leader of a political party, we demand that women are well represented, especially in the forthcoming elections Continuous Rapid rehabilitation of Primary Health Care Centers 5. Employment of mid-wives for primary health care services. The employment of frontline health workers was last done in 2003 under the Midwives Service Scheme. The 16years jinx of not employing in the PHC services must be broken.
  3. We want to further request that you add your voice in asking our lawmakers at the National Assembly to reconsider the gender bills that arer rejected. Women in Ogun State appreciate Your Excellency for ensuring that our demands are met as we know you for being responsive to citizens needs”.

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