By Chioma Obinna
With less than five years to MDGs 2015, the National Health Insurance Scheme, NHIS, has vowed to do everything possible to improve maternal and child health in the country.
The South West Co-ordinator of NHIS, Taiye Adeleye, in a paper titled â€œOverview and mode of operation of the NHIS/MDGs MCH project in Ondo Stateâ€ decried the poor state of the maternal and child health indices in the country.
Adeleye who was one of the guest speakers at a training workshop for providers of primary healthcare in some local government areas in Ondo State further decried the health situation in the country, saying that the ugly trend was unacceptable.
According to him, â€œNigeria accounts for 10 percent of global maternal figure and 59,000 women die annually from pregnancy and child birth- related cases, adding that the situation was alarming.
He stressed that the NHIS/MDGs MCH projects are committed to addressing the trend in the country.
Adeleye explained that the training workshop, which was held in Ondo west local government area as well as Irele local government area and Akoko local government was to keep healthcare ProvidersÂ abreast with the operations and guidelines of the Scheme.
He urged the participants at the workshop to adhere strictly to the NHIS guidelines in the administration of their respective assignment.
Adeleye called on the participants to be prudent in the exercise, stressing that the failure or success of the programme in the affected local government areas depends solely on them as the providers.
He also advised them to update their record of financial transactions and as well report any delay in payment by the HMO (Health Maintenance Organization) to the Scheme.
Also speaking, the representative of the State Governor, Dr. Taiwo Akintan disclosed that the State Government has put facilities in place to ensure safe delivery of pregnant women in the state, adding that the Ondo state government would do everything possible for its indigenes to benefit from the programme.
His words, â€œAll support necessary for the programme will be put in place by the state government to reduce child mortality in the state.
Taiwo disclosed that the State government has approved six more local governments to be part of the NHIS/MDG programme, and that salaries of health workers in the state would be improved so that there would be no more brain drain in the state.
Speaking, the Chairman of Irele local government, Mr Oluwojuni Shadrack said the programme would bring positive change to the people of the various local governments involved in the programme.
Shadrack, however, commended the NHIS and the State government for partnering to bring the programme to the area.