Awka – The Anambra State Commissioner of Health, Dr Vincent Okpala, has said that by strengthening community-based healthcare, improving referral-level facilities and developing alarm and transport system, the state government reduced maternal mortality rate and ensured safe motherhood.
Okpala spoke at the weekend in an occasion to mark this year’s Safe Motherhood Day.
He said the state strenghtened 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.
The State, he continued has also improved referral- level 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 a link between community and referral care.
In addition, Okpala said, “in Anambra state the government of Dr. Willie Obiano has engaged in active sensitization and support to women of childbearing age.
He said that Primary Health Cares in the state function to give adequate health care services to women in order to ensure safety during and after childbirth.
In order to improve the health indices, the state government has renovated about 73 Primary Health Centres and made it accessible to all.
The state has also contributed to making sure that women attend antenatal care, visit approved government and private health care facilities and have access to right medications and attend family planning classes, Okpala concluded.