Lagos State Government, in partnership with Alaro City, has provided nutritional packages and other resources needed by pregnant women in Epe Local Council.
This was done under the auspice of the Mother, Infant and Child Initiative (MICHD). The scheme, founded by the Office of Civic Engagement and Lagos State government, is a vehicle for empowerment of 5,000 pregnant women in the 20 local councils and 37 local council development areas (LCDAs) of the state.
The initiative is a key component of the womb to school programme, a social investment basket initiated by Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu’s administration to facilitate development of human capital, as well as raise socially responsible citizens from the womb through infancy, childhood and adulthood.
Special Adviser to the Governor on Civic Engagement, Aderemi Adebowale, who spoke on the programme, said addressing the cognitive and learning disabilities that might occur in newborns if they are not properly nourished is one of the aims of the programme.
She stressed the need to ensure that there is a comprehensive nutrition plan, especially before and during pregnancy and while breastfeeding.
Also, a medical practitioner/MICHD programme consultant, Dr. Eniola Erinosho, said the nutritional food packs contained the recommended daily dietary composition of protein, carbohydrate, lactose, milk, fat, fiber, vitamins A, C, D3, E, B1, B2, B6, B12, calcium, and folic acid.
Head of Marketing, Alaro City, Yomi Amoussa, said Alaro City had been a partner of the programme within its host community, Ibeju-Lekki-Epe, saying that it is in line with City’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) pillars of healthcare and others.
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