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The Rivers State government, in conjunction with a federal health initiative, Save One Million Lives (SOML), has declared a week of free medical services for pregnant women and newborns in the state.
The statement was made during the inauguration of Maternal, Newborn and Child Health Week 2021, held in Isiokpo, in the Ikwerre local government area of the state.
Speaking at the event, Rivers State Primary Health Care Management Board Permanent Secretary Dr Harry Agiriye said pregnant women, including HIV-positive pregnant patients, would benefit from a fee provision of free health care in all public health facilities during the program period.
Dr Agiriye urged pregnant women to attend their antenatal medical check-ups free of charge at all public health centers in order to improve their health and ensure a safe delivery.
According to him, “the decision was the position of the state government to improve the delivery of health services and encourage women to take advantage of the free medical services provided by the state government during the week for improve their health and take good care of their newborn and a safe delivery.
He said the Ikwerre local government council’s choice for the inauguration was born out of the various commitments and support that the local government council had given to the development of health service delivery in the LGA and in the State as a whole.
Also speaking, SOML representative Dr Pauline Green said the federal health program was concerned about maternal and natal health indices saving a million lives, adding that more than 800,000 women pregnant and 200,000 children under the age of seven die each year from a disease that can be stopped with a simple correction.
“SOML is to stop our mothers and children from dying, to let our mothers get tested for HIV, to go to their antenatal care unit, to give their newborns vitamin A, to make sure that ‘they sleep on an impregnated mosquito net to stay alive, “she said. declared.
She ensured the organization’s continued support in all matters relating to maternal and child health in the state at all times.
Earlier in his remarks, Ikwerre LGA President Engr. Samuel Nwanosike thanked the state government and the Primary Health Care Management Board for choosing the LGA for the health program flag.
He added that the program was an indication and a commitment shown by the state and the federal government to lay a solid foundation for the future of the nation, saying that “any nation that does not plan for its future has no basis of existence “.