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Published On: Mon, Jul 28th, 2014

“Ondo has highest birth rate in W/Africa, with 17,600 babies annually”

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BabyFrom Doyin Ojosipe with agency report

With safe deliveries of 7,600 pregnancies in just a year under the Mother and Child Pet Project of the First Lady of Ondo state, pregnant women in the state have entered into their best season.

Ondo state governor, Dr Olusegun Mimiko made this known at the weekend in Akure, the state capital during a night vigil marking the 65th edition of Divine Agenda Praises organised monthly by his government for citizens of the state.

He said the multiple birth delivery rates in Ondo state ranked as the largest in Nigeria and the West African sub-region in one tertiary maternity centre.

Mimiko told the congregation, during the night vigil, that the high rate of birth in Ondo state notwithstanding, the mortality rate had been amazingly low.

He said as part of efforts by his government to make life worth living for the people of the state, most especially women, all deliveries had attracted no cost.

Mimiko, who gave out the report during testimonies time with his wife, said only 15 fatal cases had been recorded so far, in the barrage of deliveries, including caesarean sections.

He said while the Mother and Child pet project recorded 7 600 safe birth in 2003 alone, the largest health institution in Nigeria had only 2500 deliveries.

According to him, as low as that figure, mortality rate was all time high with 63 fatal cases.

He said the maternity centres in Ondo state under the Mother and Child initiative produced an average of 20 babies per day, making Ondo state the largest baby manufacturing state in Nigeria.

He however, allayed the fear that the trend of huge outpouring of babies in Ondo had not been putting pressure on the population of the state.

According to him, statistics had shown that the babies were being delivered mainly by women with their first pregnancies or those who were having their second pregnancies.

Mimiko assured the people of Ondo state that while his government would continue to improve on the standards of health care centres in the state, efforts would soon be made to extend the privilege of magic delivery of babies to other states under a new arrangement being planned.

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