Mrs. Buhari reiterates support for women, children

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The wife of the President, Mrs. Ai­sha Buhari has reiterated commit­ment toward supporting women and children to improve their health and physical wellbeing.

Mrs. Buhari made this known during an award ceremony to mark the third an­niversary of her NGO, the Future Assured programme.

The wife of the President said Future Assured was borne out of her desire to ad­dress problems associated with the health and wellbeing of women and children in the nation, saying: “Future Assured start­ed out of my passion for the health and wellbeing of women and children in the society.”

According to her, the initiative came about to intervene in addressing the de­teriorating health conditions of women and children in terms of maternal, neo­natal, child, adolescent health and nutri­tion, adding that one of the objectives of the programme is to complement Federal Government’s efforts to achieve universal health coverage.

Mrs. Buhari explained that collabora­tion with well-meaning Nigerians and de­velopment partners, especially the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, has enabled her NGO to impact positively on the lives of the citizens of the country.

She also pledged to continue with the advocacy and support toward uplifting the living condition of the less privileged in the nation.

Also speaking at the event, the Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, who was represented by Dr. Evelyn Ngige, appreci­ated the efforts of the NGO in improving the healthcare system of the country.

He said the initiative had helped to reduce malnutrition among children and created more awareness on cervical and breast cancer.

Also speaking, the Chief Medical Di­rector of the Federal Medical Center, Yola, Prof. Auwal Abubakar, thanked the wife of the President for constructing a 70-bed-ca­pacity maternity clinic in Yola, saying the project would help to tackle the influx of patients from neighboring states.

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