The Anambra State Government will continue to take the overall healthy living of female children as a priority, Health Commissioner, Dr. Vincent Okpala has said.
He made this assertion when the 43rd Miss Nigeria Queen, Beauty Tukura, and others paid him a courtesy visit in Awka.
Dr. Okpala while praising Beauty Takura for her humanitarian services, stated that the state government is doing everything humanly possible to ensure the overall healthy living of the girl children, especially the vulnerable and those living in hard to reach areas in Anambra state.
The Health Minister further maintained that some of the pet projects the Nigerian beauty queen has embarked upon are in line with the health policies and programmes of the Willie Obiano administration. In addition, he assured the state government’s support to all her pet projects geared towards building the Anambra girl child academically, health and otherwise, urging her not to relent.
Speaking during the visit, Miss Takura who briefed the Commissioner on the purpose for her visit stated that she visited to bring to his knowledge, her pet project which she christened “Girls Lead Club” that has already been launched in Omor Ayamelum Local Government Area of the state.
Furthermore, she explicated that the Club was meant to educate, sensitize every girl child on the dangers of early marriage, advantages of education, and much more, but she cannot achieve her desire without those involved having quality health care, which is why she wants to partner with the Ministry to achieve her desire.
On her part, Miss Nkechi Udegboka, an Executive Director of Whispering Hope African Initiative, who also spoke during the meeting stated that they have been working in hinterland areas of Anambra state teaching young girls about HIV and AIDS as well as dangers of early marriage. She also revealed that their research in Ayamelum has shown that early marriages of teenage girls are on the increase and most of them do not take their reproductive health seriously.