Federal Government to pay pregnant women N5,000 for Ante-natal


Federal  Government to pay  pregnant  women  N5,000 for  Ante-natal

By: saint mienpamo

Posted on 24 Jul 2012 at 6:05am

As part of efforts to tackle the high rates of maternal mortality, the Federal Government will now be paying pregnant women who attend antenatal clinics N5,000.

Besides, more than 4,000 midwives have been deployed to 1,000 health facilities in the country under the Midwifery Service Scheme (MSS).

This according to government was to improve the health status of the new baby and the mother.

Disclosing this, Dr. Abdullahi Mohammed, Director, Primary Health Care System Development, National Primary Health Care Development Agency, said the conclusion of payment plan to reporters in Abuja yesterday.

He said government budgeted N15 billion for Maternal and Child Health Care from the Subsidy Reinvestment and Empowerment Programme (SURE-P). He added that part of the money would also be used to employ additional 2,000 midwives for the MSS.

“The SURE-P Maternal and Child Health Care component has budgets close to 15 billion naira for maternal and child health component. Key elements involved is not just on the midwives bringing them (pregnant women) alone, the other component of it is what we call the conditional cash transfer; it’s also part of the demand side intervention.

” You know in the health care delivery system we have the supply side intervention; we have the demand side intervention. For the supply side intervention includes all what we do; the input that we need to put in to provide the services.

“But the demand side intervention what do you need to do for the client to be able to come to access your services? You must remove the financial barrier.”

Mohammed said the payment plan was designed to assist women to address the demand side constraints of maternal health. The director said the total package of the financial incentives for each woman was five thousand naira.

He said: “The key issue the conditional cash transfer is designed to address is those demand side constraints, but there is a financial incentive for the woman who does some basic things that are tied to being provided these incentives.

“The woman must deliver at the facility; if she does, she is entitled to something; the woman must also ensure that the child is fully immunised. “The total package is about N5,000. It is not big, but the feeling is that considering the level of poverty, it’s enough for women to attend antenatal clinic.’’

Mohammed also said that while antenatal clinic attendance was free, it had some incidental expenses that discouraged pregnant women from registering for antenatal care. He said funding from Sure-P would enable the agency to ensure that the relevant health services were of good quality, that care providers were available and to ensure that the facilities provided were conducive to antenatal attendance.

Mohammed added that part of the fund would be used to train health services providers, a component germane to the growth of the programme.

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5 thoughts on “Federal Government to pay pregnant women N5,000 for Ante-natal

  1. Kudos to Mr President, dats a gud 1, atlist d mothers now will b happy and proud, abeg hit me d names of d health centers and hospital let me start to encourage most of my frnds and any1 I come across of such good thing. Tanx a zillion miens for dis info

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  3. Hahahahaha pls i dont realy no who is given govt all ths kind of ideas. So they think that bribing is wat wil reduce maternal morbitity and mortality. I call that 5,000 a bribing fee. There are so many stratagies 2 employ that can reduce maternal mortality. And againg govt want 2 train other health assister nonsess what about community extension health workers whom are trained 2 man the health centers they are surpose 2 be d key players of primary health care programme govt as i speak now are no longer training them or even employn them. When weman complained of inadequate health care so u think 5000k wil change there mind. Wat govt need do is 2 employ more community base health worker and secondly 2 increase health education awerness

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