Kaduna State Government says it is working out strategies to curb the high rate of maternal mortality across the State to bring it down to the barest level.
The State Deputy Governor, Hadiza Balarabe stated when she received a delegation of the National Council of Women Societies (NCWS) who paid her a courtesy visit in Kaduna.
She described the trend as worrisome, but assured that, government was expanding access to health services across the State in order to tackle the problem.
“We have realised that our children are not being protected from preventable diseases to bridge the vaccine access gap. But we have procured and distributed equipment to all our wards, now we are looking at the secondary facilities because we want every child in Kaduna to have access to potent vaccines”.
Dr Hadiza further disclosed that, there was need to get women to come out and access medical services for themselves and their children, urging the NCWS to energize women in that direction.
The Deputy Governor said government also wants to get the message of child spacing to all women across the State, noting that, goverment had already made a commitment of increasing the contraceptive prevalence rate to about 46% from 26%.
“We need your input and wealth of experience in mobilising women and sensitising them and get them to accept child spacing,” she stressed.
Earlier, the NCWS President, Dr Gloria Shoda applauded the State government’s agenda on healthcare, especially the upgrade of health facilities and recent distribution of insecticidal nets.
She also expressed confidence in the capacity of the Deputy governor to make a difference and also urged her to ensure a drop in maternal mortality is achieved during her tenure.