From Maduabuchi Nmeribeh, Kano
No fewer than 450 pregnant women in Gaya, Albasu, and Ajingi Local Government Areas on Wednesday received Safe Delivery Kits estimated at N150 million to enable them deliver their babies safely.
The gesture by Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje’s administration was free-of-charge, designed to reduce the high rate of maternal mortality among women in the rural areas of the state.
According to the state Commissioner for Health, Dr. Kabiru Ibrahim Getso who delivered the items to the beneficiaries, the donations were in line with Dr. Ganduje-led administration’s policy to reduce the amount of sufferings encountered by pregnant women in the state, particularly, those in the hinterlands.
Getso who was in the company of wife of the Governor, Dr. Hafsat Ganduje noted that, “as you are aware, the state government has given priority to the health sector because based on the data at hand, we have recorded a lot of maternal mortality and morbidity in the northern part of the country.”
He added that, “in order to curtail the high rate of this trend, the state government has trained over 1, 936 birth attendants to cater for pregnant women especially in the rural areas.”
According to Getso, the state government has spent over N150 million to make the Safe Delivery kits available for onward distribution to the beneficiaries.
In her remarks, wife of the state Governor Dr. Hafsat who advised the beneficiaries to make good use of the kits so as to aid them deliver their babies safely.
In a related development, a member of the House of Representatives representing Gaya, Albasu and Ajingi Federal Constituency, Hon. Abdullahi Mahmud Gaya also empowered over 1, 500 Women with N10, 000 each amounting to N15 million to enable them boost their various trades.