The Federal Government has concluded plans to pay women who attend antenatal clinics the sum of N5,000 as part of efforts to tackle the menace of maternal mortality.
The plan would be executed as part of the Midwifery Service Scheme (MSS) introduced in 2010.
The Director, Primary Health Care System Development with the National Primary Health Care Development Agency, Dr. Abdullahi Mohammed, disclosed the conclusion of payment plan in Abuja on Sunday.
According to him, government budgeted N15 billion for Maternal and Child Health Care from the Subsidy Reinvestment and Empowerment Programme (SURE-P).
He added that part of the money would also be used to employ additional 2,000 midwives for the MSS.
Mohammed said the payment plan was designed to assist women to address the demand side constraints of maternal health.