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Life - Health & Wellness Updated: November 24, 2023

Ogun: 15,000 pregnant women set to benefit from free delivery programme

By Felicia Abisola Olamiji
November 24, 2023
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Ogun State government said it has planned for 15,000 pregnant women as beneficiaries of its free delivery programme tagged “Ibidero."

Allnews.ng learned that the programme was part of measures to reduce maternal mortality rate in the state.

​​​​​This development was  disclosed by the Commissioner for Health, Dr. Tomi Coker in Abeokuta while speaking with newsmen on the new scheme.

She explained that the initiative is a health insurance scheme of the state targeted at vulnerable indigent pregnant women across the 20 local government areas of the state.

Coker noted that through the programme, the enrolled pregnant women would have access to free maternal health services at their assigned health centres, which will reduce the risk of complications during or after pregnancy.

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She revealed that “Ibidero” was designed to include a conditional cash transfer whereby the pregnant women captured on the programme get a stipend after delivering their babies at their assigned health facility.

“Each beneficiary would be registered in hospitals within walking distance to their homes.

“Last year, 3,000 pregnant women benefited from the pilot phase of the programme. As a consequence, His Excellency, Prince Dapo Abiodun, has graciously approved the scale-up of the programme to 15,000 beneficiaries,” she said.

Coker also revealed that about 300 public and private health facilities at the primary and secondary levels have been enlisted for the programme.

She said the gesture by the government would contribute to a significant reduction in maternal mortality cases, occasioned by extreme economic vulnerability, in the state.

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She added, “One of the indices by which the overall status of the healthcare system of a country or state is assessed is its maternal mortality rate. According to the WHO, the maternal rate of Nigeria stands at 917 deaths per 100,000 live births, making us the fourth highest globally.

“It is worth noting that most of these deaths are preventable, but according to reports, only 40% of all births in the country take place in a health facility. The implication of this is that most of our pregnant women are at the mercy of traditional birth attendants, faith homes, etc., during their pregnancy and delivery period.

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Felicia Abisola Olamiji

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