Kuala Lumpur - The Minister of State for Health, Dr Muhammad Pate, has said that Nigeria recorded a 60 per cent decrease in maternal and infant mortality rates in the past three years.
Pate, who spoke in Kuala Lumpur at the third global conference on ``Women Deliver'', said that this reduction was recorded at the midwifery service scheme facilities across the nation.
"In 2009, with funding from the debt relief grant, we started the midwives services scheme (MSS) with 400 000 midwives, 1 000 community health workers trained and deployed to 1 000 primary health care centres.
"In 2010, we had more than a million women attending anti-natal centre services in facilities that had midwives posted by the federal government.
"We had more than a 200% increase in the facilities for family planning and a 150% increase in the facilities for skilled birth attendance.
Pate said there was also an increase in the number of service delivery sites, number of skilled human resources, access to life saving commodities and also initiated the conditional Cash transfer programme.
Based on the success recorded with the scheme, the government initiated a programme to save a million lives through enhancing access to basic primary care intervention, improving the quality of care and unlocking the market potential of the private sector.
The minister said the government’s objective was to care and provide access to basic services through strengthening primary health care and providing integrated care.