By Boluwaji Obahopo
LOKOJA—Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State, yesterday, launched the Health Care Plus scheme to provide free health care services to all pregnant women in the state.
Governor Bello said the programme will help to further stem the scourge of maternal and infant mortality in the state and will be piloted in 14 of the 21 local government areas in the first phase.
Bello, who said the scheme was one of the proudest achievements of his administration, said the health care initiative includes distribution of delivery kits, post-partum hemorrhage packs, hypertensive packs, episiotomy packs and launching of health rangers and free health care services.
Others, he noted, are free maternal and new born health care services, free deliveries including operative services, free antenatal drugs, free treatment of newborn baby in the first month of life, free laboratory tests inclu-ding obstetric ultrasound to the various primary health care centres in Kogi State as well as free starter packs for newborn, adding that “pregnancy should not be a death sentence.”
Speaking, the Minister of Health, Professor Isaac Adewole, lauded the initiative, adding that the Federal Government has earmarked N540 million to assist the state’s health programmes.