Medical experts in Bayelsa have made a call advising pregnant women to key into the Safe Motherhood Campaign Initiative of the State Government to tackle infant and maternal mortality rate.
The Director of Planning, Research and Statistics in the state Primary Health Care Board, Dr Ebiakpo Agbedi, gave the advice during an orientation programme in Yenagoa.
He said that the programme was organised by the state Ministry of Health for members of the Sensitisation Committee on Safe Motherhood.
“The pregnant women benefits from the programme include free ante-natal care; enrolees of the safe mother initiative will get free insecticide treated mosquito nets, HIV/AIDS screening, tetanus injection and routine immunisation.
“Other benefits include free diagnostic tests, a monthly incentive of N3,000 from the point of registration into the programme which will last for two months after delivery,’’ Agbedi said.
It will be recalled that the Bayelsa Government had on July 31 launched its Safe Motherhood Initiative.
Also speaking at the event, Director, Reproductive Health in the ministry, Mrs Happiness Mass, enjoined pregnant women on the importance of the initiative scheme.
She said some of the reasons for the high infant and maternal mortality rate include infection of the newborn, adding that the infection occurs especially around the stump of the umbilical cord and excessive bleeding during child birth.