By Dennis Agbo
Abakaliki – EbonyiÂ state government has stated that in the past one year, no pregnant mother died in the state as a result of child bearing, acknowledging the success to governmentâ€™s intervention in assisting private sector primary health cares in the state.
The state government maintains that since there is a worldwide initiative to reduce child and maternal mortality, it is committed to attaining the goal even within its limited resources, stressing that it embarked on giving grants to the privately-owned primary health institutions in the state to reduce maternal mortality rate but that government monitors how the funds are being spent.
The state Commissioner for Health, Dr. Sunday NwangeleÂ while briefing newsmen at the disbursement ofÂ N100 million grants to six private health institutions in the state, bringing it to a total sum of N500m, by Governor Martin Elechi administration,Â said the state gave the grants to the private hospitals in the rural areas because they are closer to the greater number of populace in the state that he agrees leave in the hinterlands.
He added that one of the health priorities of the Elechi government is to make health care accessible by bringing it nearer to the people.
According to the health commissioner, â€œthe concept toward this was based on the fact that 80% of the people in the state dwelled in rural areas where these health institutions operate coupled with the fact that most of the public hospitals are located in the urban areas and the state government desire to meet up with the Millennium Development Goals.â€
Break down of disbursement shows that Presbyterian Joint Hospital Uburu -N16.5m, Rural Improvement Mission Hospital Ikwo -N17m, Sudan United Rural Health Service -N16.5m, St Patrick Mile 4 Hospital -15.5m, St. Vincent hospital Izzi-N16.5m and Mater Hospital Afikpo -N18m
Dr. Nwangele said that the grants were designed to address the basic challenges facing the private health practitioners and to pay attention to encouragement of infrastructural developments, renovations and faceâ€“lift of the institutions.