The Federal Republic of Nigeria’s First Lady, Dame Patience Jonathan has commended the First Lady of the Republic of Congo, Madame Antoinette Sassou-Nguesso for impacting positively on health care delivery and improving the well being of women and children in the Congo, VON reports.
Dame Patience Jonathan stated this at a dinner organised by the First Lady of Republic of Congo to mark the 30th anniversary of her NGO, “Congo Assistance Foundation”.
Mrs Jonathan noted that the NGO’s programmes aimed at HIV prevention among women has largely helped reduce maternal mortality in the Congo.
“May I say that it is truly heartwarming to join my friend and sister for this celebration of the 30th anniversary of the Congo Assistance Foundation through which she had impacted positively on the health care delivery in the Congo.
The HIV prevention programme among women and girls in urban and rural areas in the Congo is a testimony to her passion to improve the well being of women and children. So also is the Foundation’s emphasis on the reduction of maternal and infant mortality in the context of HIV and Aids, towards the elimination of mother to child transmission of HIV (EMTCT),”Mrs Jonathan said.
Dame Patience Jonathan also expressed her satisfaction on how Madame Antoinette Sassou-NGUESSO is working towards the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals.
“Access to quality health care is important for the development of any nation. Reducing child mortality and improving maternal health are the objectives of the Millennium Development Goals 4 and 5.”
The Republic of Congo First Lady, Madame Antoinette Sassou-NGUESSO further thanked all the first ladies that honoured her invitation as she promised to do more for the well-being of the women and children in the Congo.
The dinner which was hosted at Palais De Congres (Parliament Building) Boulivard, Brazzaville was attended by the President of the Republic of Congo, First Ladies of some African Countries and the creme of society in the Congo and beyond.