From Austin Ajayi, Yola.
About 19,000 pregnant women in Adamawa state have so far benefitted from the Emergency Transport Scheme (ETS).
The scheme which was designed by the Society for Family Health is in conjunction with Transaid and National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) to transport pregnant women to various healthcare facilities for safe delivery.
The scheme which is anchored by the SFH through the volunteer drivers initiative from NURTW , is to mitigate maternal and infant mortality in the state.
The Deputy Managing Director, SFH, Dr. Jennifer Anyanti, disclosed this at the dissemination meeting of the Emergency Transport Scheme (ETS) with stakeholders in Yola, Adamawa state.
According to her, 12 states in Nigeria are working with the NURTW to implement the ETS and that three more states of Bauchi, Kebbi and Sokoto are also set to begin to implement the scheme.
“ETS is designed to address issues of delay encountered in transporting pregnant women to available health facilities,” she said.
While commending the Adamawa state government and the NURTW for setting the pace in the ETS project which has recorded huge success, she advised that the lessons learnt from the state should be used to implement the scheme in other states in the country.
Speaking, the representative of NURTW, Kefas Dogonyaro said that the union is proud to work with SFH and Transaid to combat maternal and infant morality.
He reiterated that the union remains committed to helping pregnant women get to health facilities in good time.