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NGO conducts health outreach for 200 pregnant women in Oyo

Gynix Afrika, a non-profit organisation, has conducted a comprehensive health outreach to 200 pregnant women Oyo state.  

The event took place at the Odo-Oba area of the state.

In a statement, the organisation said it observed a low uptake of antenatal care services among the women in the community at the primary healthcare centre.

The NGO said expectant mothers were guided through topics on proper nutrition, appropriate exercise, signs and stages of labour, and post-natal care. 

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“The goal was to detect pregnancy, related risks and complications and refer cases for treatment,” Gynix Afrika said.

“In addition, birthing kits were generously distributed to the women through collaboration with Safer Hands Initiative.

“A noteworthy incident occurred when Mrs Moromoke Ajayi, pregnant with twins and previously devoid of antenatal care, went into labour during the outreach. 

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“Despite complications, the Gynix Afrika team together with health providers at the PHC rendered swift and effective assistance, successfully resuscitating the affected twin and arranging immediate expert care in a nearby teaching hospital for her. 

“Both mother and her babies received commendable attention and were honoured with cash gifts and other tokens from our team.”

In his remarks, Godwin Oyewumi, chief executive officer of Gynix Afrika, said before the outreach, a significant portion of the pregnant women had not accessed antenatal care services. 

Oyewumi said the goal is to bridge the gap in antenatal care by providing vital education, screenings, consultations, and birthing kits to ensure safe pregnancy and childbirth for the mothers.

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“This is true to the organisation’s mission to extend essential knowledge, preventive care, and quality treatment as an effective strategy for reducing high maternal mortality rates; and promoting the physical, mental, and social well-being of women in Africa,” he said.

“This successful outreach underscores our commitment to making meaningful differences in the lives of women, exemplified by Moromoke and her newborn twins. 

“We remain deeply appreciative of the opportunity to effect positive change, and we pledge our unwavering commitment to doing much more in the coming days”.

On their part, community leaders and the officer-in-charge urged the women to maximise the services provided by Gynix Afrika and the PHC.

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They expressed their profound gratitude for the outreach’s substantial impact, particularly emphasising the critical role it played in Moromoke’s case. 

The leaders also acknowledged that without the intervention, timely care might have been inaccessible. 

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