Wife of the Oyo state commissioner of Youth and Sports, Mrs Chioma Fakorede (née Nwosu) has continued to raise awareness towards mental health through her NGO, Olamma Cares Foundation.
This was contained in a statement made available to newsmen on Thursday by the commissioner, Mr Seun Fakorede.
In commemoration of her birthday this year, Chioma visited nursing mothers in Idere and Igboora communities of Ibarapa Central Local Government to distribute Mother and Child Care Kits.
Chioma said she understands the joy of motherhood adding that people barely talk about the struggles mothers face when nursing a new born. She added that statistics show that mothers are at risk of Post Partum Depression/Anxiety/Psychosis. Chioma explained that financial commitment and unavoidable stress of having a child can trigger symptoms.
It reads: “Every year for my birthday (since 2019), I host a fundraiser to raise awareness towards Mental Health and give back to my community.
“As a new Mum I have had my fair share of the journey and quite blessed to be able to go through it. However, one can only imagine the fate of new Mums in underserved communities who do not have the financial capacity and access to help or support as they navigate this new role.”
“The beneficiaries in Idere Primary Health Care Centre and Igboora Primary Health Care Center were overjoyed to be receiving such huge and kind gesture from a fellow woman who understands their plight. They danced, sang and prayed upon receiving their gifts.”
Chioma Fakorede who went in company of her husband Engr. Seun Fakorede, MNSE, the Honourable Commissioner for Youth and Sports Oyo State added that “I am grateful to all the donors who contributed in making sure that this charity drive was a success. I am extremely elated knowing that these mothers are happy and some load has been lifted off their shoulders.”