Abuja - Expecting mothers in the Kano State have received a major boost after the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI) donated 70 ambulances for the transportation to health centres.
Government is ready to distribute the tricycle ambulances in remote communities in the state to respond to emergency cases of the pregnant women and newborns.
Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje has received the vehicles from CHAI officials.
Ganduje said the intervention was intended to strengthen the provision of quality integrated maternal and child health in the state.
Country Director of CHAI, Dr Owens Wiwa, decried the high maternal and neonatal mortality rate in the state.
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He assured that his organization is working with the state government to reduce the death rate by at least 40 percent.
Meanwhile, the governor also revealed that the state government will soon start the training of more than 1 900 traditional birth attendants who are regarded as informal community health workers.
This would enable them recognize and respond properly to complications of pregnancy, especially in the rural communities where access to health care services is minimal.
“Government is committed and ready to introduce indigenous community midwifery training programme so that the number of skilled birth attendants is improved which will further reduce the high maternal mortality prevalent in our state,” Ganduje said.
The governor assured that the Medical Outreach Programme of the state government would be strengthened especially in remote parts of the state while health posts and health centres would be upgraded to meet the basic needs of the citizenry.
- CAJ News