Pregnant Mums Enjoy Special Cash Incentives
Pregnant women who are registered for
ante-natal at the Rivers State health centres will enjoy monetary incentives.
Rivers State Governor, Rt Hon Chibuike
Amaechi stated this last Thursday during an advocacy campaign on maternal and
infant health at Igwuruta, Ikwerre Local Government Area of Rivers State.
Governor Amaechi, represented by the
Commissioner for Health, Dr Sampson Parker, said such gesture was part of its
free medical care scheme to encourage women to access the health centres.
According to him, the token was to support
the women who might have difficulty with transportation and other materials
necessary for their well-being.
The government has decided to provide a
token of N25,000 to pregnant mothers in government primary health centres to
encourage them during their ante-natal period until delivery.
The governor also added that children on
vaccination or immunisation were not exempted from such benefit , adding that
only mothers who are registered with its free medical care scheme can access
“Our mission is to ensure that our mothers
and children do not die due to
preventable circumstances but to keep them fit during pregnancy, he said.
The governor stated that he had considered
potency of advocacy in solving health challenges and as a preventable measure
to curb disease ravaging rural communities and has set aside funds for this
venture in the 2012 budget.
Also, the wife of the governor, Dame Judith
Amaechi, in her speech said it was necessary for women to go for regular
medical test to ascertain their health status, complaining that most women do
not access the primary health centres located in their domains.
According to her, “it is very good that we
live a healthy life, and we must go for test regularly. That is the only way we
reduce infant and maternal mortality”.
Mrs Amaechi, whose NGO, the Empowerment
Support Initiative (ESI) collaborated with the Ministry of Health, Association
of Lady Pharmacists, Rivers State Agency for the Control of HIV/AIDS and the
Ikwerre Local Government Area on the programme enjoined women to access free
medical efforts, and stated that such measures were the surest way of
actualising the Millennium Development Goals in the health sector.
“We will continue to organise outreach
health mission programme to educate our women on health matters. This is the
only way we can actualise MDGs 2015 in heath sector”, she said.
The women, who converged on the ESI Model
Nursery School, Igwuruta, were given pet talk on drugs administration, HIV/AIDS
issues on maternal health and social challenges.
It would be recalled that ESI and the
ministry of health had signed a pact to provide mobile medical outreach programmes
in rural communities where women are diagnosed and treated accordingly while
critical cases are transferred to the general hospital.