Maternal Child Health: Delta Inuagurates Conditional Cash Transfer Committee
The Delta State government’s Free Maternal Health Care/Free Under Five Programme is set to witness a boost as the state chapter of the Federal Government’s Subsidy Reinvestment and Empowerment Programme (SURE-P) Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) Steering Committee was inaugurated in Asaba yesterday.
Inaugurating the Committee, the State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Joseph Otumara said that the CCT subcomponent of the SURE-P programme will further entrench the downward trend in Maternal Mortality Ratio (MMR) in the state.
Dr. Otumara who spoke through the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Dr. Sunday Otobo observed that although the state has been witnessing appreciable reduction in Maternal Mortality in the recent years, particularly in 2012 and 2013 with downward trend of 243/100,000 and 188/100,000 respectively, the introduction of the CCT, he explained, was a welcomed development.
The state Health Commissioner said that the administration of Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan in the state is particularly keen about the health needs of the citizenry, particularly the primary health sector, just as he added that the state government has put in place adequate measures in curtailing the spread of the dreaded and deadly Ebola Virus.
He therefore enjoined the National Primary Health Care Development Agency not to relent in its efforts towards ensuring sustained Safe Motherhood.
On his part, the Executive Director, National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), Dr. Ado Muhammad said that the programme was part of deliberate efforts by the Federal Government in fast tracking the nation’s progress towards the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) 4 and 5.
“The maternal and Child Health Health component of SURE-P aspires to contribute to the reduction of maternal and newborn morbidity and mortality and increase maternal access to health services through two forms of interventions.
“In partnership with the states, SURE-P MCH project is recruiting and deploying midwives and community Health Extension Workers to primary health care facilities across the 36 states and FCT
“Seeing the gap between the selected primary health care centres and the communities, SUIRE-P MCH Project decided to invest in female village health workers, which is an innovative addition to the health care workfoce in Nigeria”Muhammad said.