Kaduna State Government said on Tuesday it was working to curb the high rate of maternal mortality in the state and bring it down to the barest level.
The state Deputy Governor, Hadiza Balarabe made the commitment 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 said the 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 state to have access to potent vaccines.
“We are hoping that we will up the coverage of vaccines of preventable diseases so that we do not have unnecessary outbreak, “she said.
Balarabe also said there was need to get women to come out and access medical services for themselves and their children and urged the NCWS to energize women in that direction.
The deputy governor said the government also wants to get the message of child spacing to all women across the state
“We have made a commitment that we are going to up the contraceptive prevalence rate to about 46 per cent, somehow we are still hovering within 23 per cent to 26 per cent now.
“We need your input and wealth of experience in mobilising women and sensitising them and get them to accept child spacing,” she said.
The deputy governor stressed that the government was committed to promoting the welfare of women and children considering that women provide almost 90 per cent of training that was needed for the growth of children.
She commended the NCWS for the vital role it played over the years in advocating for the rights of women in the country.
According to her, the state government has a programme specifically targeted at providing entrepreneurship skills and funding for women.
She disclosed that under the programme, the government plans to disburse over N800 million to women by 2020, to support their businesses.
Earlier, the NCWS President, Dr Gloria Shoda applauded the state government’s agenda on healthcare, including 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.
“We have every confidence that as a professional woman in such a commanding executive position, actions targeted towards achieving this development vision of the government especially in relation to healthcare and women development will be attained.
“Let it be that, during your time, there was a drop in maternal mortality in the State.
“Let Kaduna State women and history record you as the interventionist in this regard,” she urged the deputy governor.
edited by Emmanuel Nwoye/Maharazu Ahmed