By Daniel Tyokua
The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) through the health care board has ordered free delivery of babies by pregnant mothers in its over 200 primary Healthcare Centres across the territory.
At a one-day media orientation on Save One Million Lives
(SOML) programme in Abuja, the acting executive secretary,
FCT Primary Health Care Board (FCT-PHCB), Dr. Ndaeyo Iwot, directs
citizens to report any staff of the centres, that collects money for
Iwot said that the Save One Million Lives (SOML) programme is an
intervention through the World Bank funding to improve on the
services, particulary those ones that concern children and
women, especially pregnant women.
Represented by the acting director of pharmacists at the board,
Pharm. Idriss Abdulaziz, the acting executive secretary noted that
there is an increase in the mortality rates of children below five
years, as well as mothers during child birth, saying the funding was
meant to reduce the menace.
“There are six thematic areas for the funding, which include, taking
care of pregnant mothers, immunisation, prevention of mothers from
getting malaria during pregnancy, improving the nutrition of children,
as well as improving the distribution of materials needed for
intervention in the nook and crannies in the FCT.”
He therefore called on the media to encourage mothers to visit FCT
primary healthcare centres to receive immunization, and other
services, which according to him, are free of charge.
Also, the FCT nutrition coordinator, Mrs. Okoro Clementina,
explained that there are a lot of benefits for mothers who visit FCT
primary healthcare centres, noting that many women don’t even know
some of the services being rendered in the primary healthcare
facilities in their areas.
“What we are telling mothers is that they should please visit our
primary healthcare centres, because there is so much gains when
mothers visits the healthcare facilities. It is the responsibilities
of mothers to demand for services at the primary healthcare centres.”