- This directive was issued during the launch of the initiative at Nnobi General Hospital in Idemili South local government area, as part of efforts to offset the impact of the fuel subsidy removal
- He urged Anambra communities to play their part, acknowledging that government’s resources are limited, with most of the state’s funds controlled by private individuals
Governor Chukwuma Soludo of Anambra State has issued a directive that all pregnant women registered in government hospitals and health centers across the state should receive free antenatal and delivery services.
Soludo announced this directive during the launch of the initiative at Nnobi General Hospital in Idemili South local government area. This initiative is part of his administration’s efforts to mitigate the impact of the fuel subsidy removal.
The governor pledged that these free services would continue for the duration of his leadership in Anambra State. He urged Anambra communities to contribute to this effort, emphasizing that government alone cannot handle everything, particularly since the majority of Anambra’s funds are controlled by private individuals, with the government having only a small share.
Dr. Afam Obidike, the Commissioner for Health, highlighted that this initiative aims to improve the health of Anambra residents. He mentioned that the state government has trained 500 health workers who will be employed for this purpose.
Obidike also noted that healthcare professionals, including doctors, nurses, and hematology lab attendants, have been deployed to Nnobi General Hospital to enhance healthcare delivery.
One of the key objectives of this initiative is to further reduce maternal and infant mortality rates, and the necessary funds for antenatal and delivery services have been allocated by Governor Soludo.