Abuja - The Delta State Government has formally engaged with village health workers (VHWs) to sustain the fight against maternal and infant mortality rate in the rural areas.
State Commissioner for Special Duties,Victoria Ikenchuku,confirmed the move.
“The VHW scheme is aimed at establishing a link between the community and health services as well as to provide the much needed avenue for generating demand for easy accessibility to and increased coverage of health care services especially in the hard to reach areas,” she said at a two-day workshop organized for VHWs in Asaba.
The exercise is aimed at equipping them with knowledge and competence to perform their functions.
Ikenchuku noted that despite the significant efforts being made by the various levels of Government to meet the health-related goal of the Millennium Development Goals, maternal and infant mortality was still high in Nigeria as a result of non-usage of healthcare facilities by rural dwellers.
She said the basic philosophy of a VHW programme was aimed at increasing demand and utilization of community - based health delivery services and other interventions in the face of scarcity of health care personnel.
Ikenchuku added that the Directorate of MDGs was committed towards ensuring that the partnership objectives of the State and Federal Government at meeting the MDGs were achieved.
- CAJ News