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Anambra has facilities in place for safe motherhood – Okpala

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ANAMBRA State Commissioner for Health, Vincent Okpala, has said that by strengthening community based health care, improving referral – level facilities and develop alarm and transport system, the state government reduced maternal mortality rate and ensured safe motherhood.

  The commissioner  made this statement in an occasion to mark this year’s Safe Motherhood Day.

He said that the state had strengthened community based health care by improving the skills of community health workers and traditional birth attendants and screening high risk pregnant women for referrals to medical care

  He said the state had also improved referral – level of facilities to treat complicated cases and serve as back – up to community – level care

  The state, on the other hand, has developed an alarm and transport system to serve as  link between community and referral care.

” In Anambra State, the government of Dr. Willie Obiano has engaged in active sensitisation and support to women of childbearing age”, Okpala said.

  “The primary health care in the state function to give adequate health care services to women to serve safety during and after childbirth.

   “By so doing, the state government has renovated about 73 Primary health centres and made it accessible to all.

   “Also, the state has contributed to making sure that women attend ante – natal care, visit approved government and private health care facilities and have access to right medications and attend family planning workshops” he concluded.

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