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Wife of the Ondo State governor, Mrs. Olukemi Mimiko, yesterday assisted in the delivery of a set of twins at the venue of her monthly 'Gbebiro' programme with community women in Ikare Akoko. A 29-year-old pregnant woman suddenly developed signs of discomfort in the middle of the meeting and Mimiko's wife provided urgent support for her through her mobile health team and a non-governmental organisation, the Maternal Pulse.

The ambulance in the convoy of the governor's wife was driven to the venue and within minutes, Mrs. Ajimo Ogunsusi, a yam seller, was delivered of two babies, a boy and a girl. The woman and her babies were later taken to the state Specialist Hospital, Ikare Akoko for a comprehensive healthcare. Mimiko, who expressed joy at the birth of the twins, attributed the timely intervention to the Safe Motherhood Abiye programme of her husband, which had simplified delivery of pregnant women without stress.

She said delivery of babies could now take place inside a tricycle ambulance, boat ambulance and even four-wheel vehicle ambulances. Mimiko noted that effective and efficient measures had been put in place by the current administration to reduce maternal and infant mortality to the barest minimum. Meanwhile, the state government yesterday said its has introduced malaria control strategy into the Safe Motherhood 'Abiye' programme with a view to reduce maternal and infant mortality in the state.

Commissioner for Health, Dr. Dayo Adeyanju, who disclosed this while speaking with newsmen in Akure on the 2012 World Malaria Day, said with the new strategy, healthcare givers on Abiye programme, would be monitoring the use of Insecticide Treated Nets distributed to all pregnant women and nursing mothers in the state. He said the state government had distributed over a million nets to all pregnant women and nursing mothers under its Roll Back Malaria some months ago to guide against mosquito bites.

Adeyanju said the need to monitor the correct usage of the nets informed the decision of his ministry to involve the healthcare givers under the Abiye programme to visit the women regularly in their homes to monitor their level of compliance. 'The health rangers will not only monitor the condition of the pregnant women, the nursing mothers and the under-five babies in their areas of coverage, they will also monitor their compliance with the use of the treated nets.

'The nets were given to the women free to prevent mosquito bite that could cause malaria. It is better and cheaper to prevent malaria instead of treating it,' he added.

He disclosed that about 22 non-governmental agencies were currently working with the ministry of health to sensitize local women in the rural and riverside communities on how to make use of the mosquitoes in a proper manner