To bring health care delivery to the people, the Delta State Government has so far spent the sum of N1.8 billion on free maternal health programme since it was launched by Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan’s administration on November 20, 2007.
The State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Joseph Otumara disclosed this in Asaba while briefing journalists on the activities of his Ministry at the on-going mid-term reports by members of the State Executive Council.
Dr. Otumara explained that it was in keeping with the administration’s goal to substantially reduce mortality and morbidity rate in the state through the provision of quality, accessible and affordable health care services to the generality of Deltans and others living within the State.
He said that the Free Maternal Health Care Services which initially included ante-natal care, deliveries, including caesarean sections as well as essential laboratory tests have been expanded to include management of ectopic pregnancies and complications of abortions as well as blood transfusion services. The aim was to reduce maternal mortality by more than 50 percent in the state, adding that several health personnel have been recruited to strengthen the workforce.
Dr. Otumara revealed that out of 278, 484 ante-natal care bookings during the period under review, there were 127,849 deliveries.
The Health Commissioner also said that the State Government spent N570, 000 on Rural Health programme, adding that all the Local Government Areas in the state have benefitted from the scheme which has brought succour to many rural dwellers.
He further disclosed that a total of 669, 549 patients have so far benefitted from the Free Under Five Medical care programme that started May 27, 2010 for which government have spent about N1.2 billion during the same period.