The Lagos State Office of Civil Engagement is set to launch the Mother, Infant and Child (MICH) programme – an initiative that takes care of indigent pregnant women and their unborn children.
Special Adviser to the Governor on Civil Engagement, Aderemi Adebowale, disclosed this on Friday at a press briefing in Alausa, Ikeja, Lagos.
Adebowale said that the MICH programme, which would be launched on Wednesday, September 22, focuses on security from the womb, hence the need to give attention to the pregnant women to feed properly right from conception for the health of the brain development to the general health of the child.
According to Adebowale, the programme, which had gone through phases one and two, would fully take off with phase three during the launch to ensure the programme continues to provide free food packs for indigent pregnant women throughout pregnancy, as well as prevent malnutrition, which could cause stunted growth in children.
Adebowale noted that 20 indigent pregnant women were being targeted in each local government in Lagos State as the MICH programme is officially launched on Wednesday.
Also speaking, the Medical Officer at Ifelodun Local Council Development Area, Dr. Japhet Olugbogi, said the phases one and two pilot programmes had prevented a lot of women from giving birth at home.
He pleaded with non-governmental organisations (NGOs), private bodies, as well as corporate bodies to support the initiative in order to expand the scope.
Adebowale called on other states in the federation to emulate the concept of the mother, infant and child initiative to provide security from the womb and to reduce mother and child mortality, emphasising that the programme is capital intensive.
Indigent pregnant women who seek to benefit from the programme must have registered with the Lagos State Residents Registration Agency (LASRRA).