Maternal mortality: Foundation embarks on 5km run advocacy

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Sterling One Foundation on Saturday embarked on a five kilometers run as part of efforts to tackle maternal mortality.

The Foundation is partnering with MRH Collective, Sterling Bank Ltd and other partners.

The five kilometers run took off from I Fitness Gym located at the Admiralty Way, Lekki Phase 1 and ended at the Munri Okunola Park, Victoria Island.

Speaking to newsmen at the event, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Sterling One Foundation, Mrs Olapeju Ibekwe, said that the five kilometers walk was designed to save 5, 000 women from dying while giving birth.

Ibekwe said that statistics had shown that between 2005 and 2015, Nigeria lost many women in Nigeria due to childbirth.

“It is a very scary statisticd. And today  we still have more than 80,000 women dying in Nigeria every year just because they want to give life to another person.

“This is not acceptable anymore. And today, mrh collective in partnership with Sterling One Foundation, and other partners. have come together to take our lead to ensure that more women do not have to die.

”Our families do not have to cry. children do not have to lose their mothers just because they want to give birth.

“It is a five kilometres long run, but it is more than a run. It is an opportunity to save lives.

”It costs just N20, 000 to provide the consumables to save a woman,” Ibekwe said.

She said that childbirth was free in Lagos state hospitals.

She called on well meaning Nigerians and individuals to support with just N20,000 to support a  woman that could not afford the consumables for childbirth to reduce the statistics of women dying every day in Nigeria.

“Today,  we have more than 200 Women in Nigeria dieing everyday as a result of childbirth.

“It is not acceptable; as a woman,  as a mother myself, why should what  gives you joy now  bring pain.

“We can all help. And that is why we are calling Nigerians.

“That is why we are calling on Nigerians. For the Nigerians who have come out to join us today to save 5, 000 women, I am very grateful to you,” Ibekwe said.

According to her, the figure of women dieing everyday are not mere statitics, but living human beings who have a family that has brother, communities and families going into  mourning every day.

Also speaking, the Chairperson and Founder of mhrCollective, Prof. Bosede Afolabi, decried the statistics of women dieing annually from material mortality.

Afolabi said that the government  could not do it alone, and enjoined well meaning Nigerians to support the organisations to bring the sad development to an end.

According to her, mhr Collective  believes that partnership with Civil Society Organisations and well meaning Nigerians would help to put an end to child mortality in Lagos state.

More than 500 persons including youths and celebrities participated in the event.

Other partners who participated in the run include giving.ng, Nigerian breweries, I Fitness etc. (NAN)

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