Globacom Nigeria and the Ondo State government have initiated a partnership designed to cut infant and maternal mortality in the State.
This, according to details of the agreement, will be achieved through a special scheme called Abiye Safe Motherhood Project.
Through the collaboration, Globacom will provide 10,000 handsets and toll-free lines, on a Close User Group (CUG) platform, for expectant and nursing mothers, health workers and rural transportation service providers in the scheme coordinated by Ondo State Ministry of Health.
Speaking on the details of the project, Head of Globacom’s Public Sector Department, Mr. Tunde Amunikoro, said that the Abiye Safe Motherhood project is designed to ensure that expectant and nursing mothers have quick and easy access to primary health care in the state, no matter the distance.
“The pilot phase of the scheme between Glo and the state began with 1,492 lines in May 2012. Due to the huge success recorded, the State Governor, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko placed a demand for additional 8,510 lines, bringing the total to 10,000 lines. The project will be expanded to reach 30,000 beneficiaries by 2015,” Amunikoro disclosed.
He further explained that with the toll-free Close User Group lines, mothers will now have enough airtime on their phones to easily call, free of charge, special primary health care officials of the state, known as Rangers. The Rangers also will be able to call special transport service providers who are also on the CUG platform, free of charge.
According to the Ondo State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Dayo Adeyanju, the Abiye CUG provided by an effective telecoms service provider like Globacom, will eliminate the delay factor in bringing healthcare to pregnant and nursing mothers.
He said that the project will enable the care givers to reach the women even in remote areas to ensure that they follow through with their medical plans and appointments and reduce the time it takes to bring medical attention to mothers.
“The essence of the Abiye CUG project is to facilitate the achievement of the Millennium Development Goal by reducing maternal and infant mortality”, he said. With this, we would have used ICT to ensure that all pregnant women give birth safely and the babies are followed up until year five,” Adeyanju said.