BY BUKOLA BARDI
UNICEF has again solicited the support of state governments and media organisations in the southwest for the sustainability of its Facts for life programme which is aimed at ensuring generations of healthy children in Nigeria.
The Unicef Chief of Akure field officer, Dr Tugher Raine sought the assistance of stakeholders at a one day meeting with commissioners, permanent Secretaries and some heads of media organisations from Ondo, Ogun, Osun, Oyo, Ekiti and Edo states.
Dr Raine emphasised that Nigeria had the resources to raise healthy children pledging that Unicef would continue to support the nation towards achieving this.
He commended the media for playing a pivotal role in the dissemination of accurate information on facts for life programme as well as other health related issues especially Covid-19 pandemic and how people could stay safe from the deadly disease.
In an address of welcome, Ondo state commissioner for information, Mr Donald Ojogo represented by the permanent secretary, Mrs Julie Fayeun pointed out that the cordial relationship between the State and Unicef had culminated in improved living standard for the people of the state particularly children.
Goodwill messages were delivered by Commissioners of information of other states southwest states with that of Ogun, Mr Wahab Odusile emphasising on the need for UNICEF to expand the scope of FACTS FOR LIFE to cover Mental health of mothers as many women live in abusive marriage.
Stakeholders at the one day meeting are expected to brainstorm on ways of scaling up facts for life and explore ways of sustaining the programme.
Facts for life is a maternal and child health programme which promotes exclusive breastfeeding, hygiene and sanitation, Immunization, and care of newborn through radio programmes.