The Minister of State for Health, Dr Muhammad Pate, on Monday, said the Federal Government had concluded plans to employ 10,000 health workers by the end of the year.
“By the end of this year, we will have at least 10,000 health workers sent to rural areas who are mostly women to serve other women to help prevent them dying during child birth.’’
He said the CCT effort was to ensure that women received the needed health care, noting that only two-thirds of pregnant women attended ante-natal care.
Pate said that SURE-P MCH was set up by the Federal Government to reduce maternal and newborn mortality in the country.
He said that N16 billion of the SURE-P budget was channelled to maternal and child health, explaining that it meant that N100 million would be used every year for mothers and children.
Pate said for a woman to qualify for CCT, she should be confirmed pregnant at the Primary Health Centre registered with the SURE-P MCH programme.
She should also meet other conditions such as receiving focused Ante Natal Care (ANC) four times during her pregnancy, receiving routine drugs and obtaining necessary immunisation.
Also, the mother should deliver the baby under the supervision of skilled birth attendant and attend a postnatal clinic appointment within two days of delivery.
Pate said the woman would be given N5,000 after completing the conditions for the CCT.
“The breakdown of the cash support is registration; first ANC visit qualifies the woman for N1,000; second, third and fourth ANC qualify her for additional N1,000.
“Delivery at the PHC or at home under the care of a skilled birth attendant qualifies her for N2,000 while postnatal clinic and immunisation qualifies her for N1,000.’’
Pate advised community leaders to ensure that only those who qualified were given the money, adding that they needed to know how much was involved and spent.
“The community leaders must monitor the programme for transparency and accountability for a better result.’’
He said that in 2012, the government committed to saving one million lives by 2015 through increased access to cost-effective health services and commodities.
Dr Precious Gbeneol, Senior Special Assistant to the President on Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), said there was a reduction in maternal mortality rate from the 2008 National Demographic Health Survey.
She said the under-five mortality rate of 157 deaths per 1,000 live had reduced to 94 per 1,000.
Gbeneol also said that maternal mortality ratio had improved to 350 per100,000 live birth from 545 per 100,000 recorded in 2008.
She said the country was still 28.6 per cent away from the 2015 target noting that there was progress in the health areas.
The presidential aide said that in 2008, deliveries that had skilled birth attendance were 38.9 per cent but rose to 53.6 per cent in 2012.
Gbeneol said the CCT was extended to 56,500 households through the disbursement of N10 billion to 24 states in 2012 with half of the amount being counterpart contribution from participating states.
Dr Fatima Adamu, Technical Adviser to the Chairman, SURE-P Committee, said the fund would support 500 primary health care centres and 125 General Hospitals across the country.
Adamu said the CCT would be extended to eight other states. 261 women were given cash ranging from N1,300 to N4,000.
Criminal minds threatening Army with travel ban: Buratai
Tukur Buratai, Nigeria’s Chief of Army Staff has disclosed that he does not mind living in Nigeria for the rest of his life.
Buratai made this statement on Monday in a meeting with Army Commanders in Abuja, where they deliberated on the recent End SARS protest and pockets of violence across the country.
Information Nigeria recalls there have been calls by International bodies calling for a travel ban to be placed on some military officers accused of human rights abuses in Nigeria.
Buratai attacked the international organizations clamoring for a ban on top personnel and soldiers over rights abuses. According to him, his first trip outside Nigeria was when he was 50 and that he doesn’t mind if he has to live in Nigeria for the rest of his life.
“Criminal elements are threatening us with travel ban but we are not worried because we must remain in this country to make it better. The first time I travelled outside of this country, I was already 50 years and a General, so I don’t mind if I live the rest of my life here” The Cable quoted him as saying
At the meeting, the Army chief said recent events across the country have shown the determination of unscrupulous individuals and groups to cause chaos by all means.
“The events of the past few days in our dear nation have shown the determination of some unscrupulous individuals and groups to destabilise Nigeria by all means,” he said.
These individuals, groups and other undesirable elements have hijacked the peaceful #EndSARS protest marches resulting to widespread violence, acts of wanton destruction and looting of public and private properties in many parts of the country. These acts led to the imposition of curfew in several states of the federation.
Despite all these, the army has continued to exercise restraint applied all the principles of internal security operations and fully abided by the internationally recognised rules of engagement as contained in our published standard operating procedures for internal security operations which are derived from the International human rights laws and are in accordance with the international principles guiding the use of force.” he said.
How iron protector prevented my shop from being robbed: Business man
Chima Smart Nwaneri, a businessman who operates in Owerri, Imo state has disclosed how suspected robbers were unable to burgle his office due to an iron protector.
Nwaneri thanked God for wisdom saying they couldn’t access his goods because of the protector on his ceiling.
Chima wrote on his Twitter account;
“So robbers visited my office where i do my business, but I thank God for wisdom, they couldn’t enter because of the protector on the ceiling..
Help me thank God….”
#EndSARS: We are not collection of angels, Nigerian Police says
The Nigerian police have said its officers are not angels, but the force is doing its best to serve Nigerians better.
This was disclosed in a statement posted on Twitter by the force. This comes after several unrest and pockets of violence that greeted the endsSARS protest against police brutality.
The Nigerian police appear to have started an online campaign to redeem their image and rebuild trust with Nigerian citizens, following the nationwide #EndSARS protests and its devastating fallout.
The security agency which admitted that it is not a collection of angels, however told Nigerians that it is doing its best to ensure better services.
The police, Monday night, uploaded a campaign flyer on Twitter, via their official handle @PoliceNG.
“We are not a collection of angels, but we are doing our best to serve you better,” said the flyer which was produced by the police public relations department, Force Headquarters, Abuja.
— Nigeria Police Force (@PoliceNG) October 26, 2020
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