The Bayelsa Government has inaugurated the Safe Motherhood Initiative Policy as part of its efforts to address infant mortality in the state.
Former President Olusegun Obasanjo, speaking in Yenagoa at the inauguration of the programme, lauded the state government on its giant strides in the healthcare development.
The programme was tagged: “First Bayelsa Infant and Maternal Mortality Summit’’.
Obasanjo, who spoke as the Chairman of the occasion, described motherhood as important to the society.
The former president called for adequate attention for infants and mothers to enable them to contribute positively to the society.
Earlier, the Governor, Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa, said that the state government was paying N3,000 to every pregnant woman who registered for ante-natal care in the government recognised hospitals.
Dickson, however, announced the approval of N2.5 billion to the state Ministry of Health to take care of the needs of the pregnant women.
“From today, the state government will be probing the death of any pregnant woman to know the integrity and quality of the health officials,’’ the governor said.
Also, Professor Ebitimitula Etebu, the State Commissioner for Health, said that infant mortality was worrisome, urging mothers to avail themselves of the government’s health facilities in the state.
Etebu decried high maternal and infant mortality rate in the state, with a call for all hands to be on deck to reverse the trend.