The Federal Government has recruited 6,000 health workers to boost the country’s health sector, Executive Director of the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), Dr. Ado Muhammad has said.
Muhammad disclosed this at the opening of the two-day orientation exercise for midwives under the SURE-P MCH programme for the North-West zone yesterday in Kaduna.
He said nurses and midwives have been recruited and deployed to 500 primary health care centers.
The executive director of the agency added that 2,000 basic midwives under the Midwives Service Scheme (MSS), 1,000 community health workers and 3,000 village health workers would be involved in the exercise.
According to him, 500 selected health facilities would be upgraded, staffed with skilled personnel and equipped to curb further loss of lives during pregnancy and delivery.
“Our goal in the SURE-P MCH is to make pregnancy safer and let mothers and babies live under the MDGs 4 and 5,” he said.
He said the lives of about 1.2 million expectant women or nine million people would be saved under the scheme by 2015.
He added that pregnant women would collect at least N5,000 for a minimum of four ante-natal visits to facilities plus child care services as incentives. He also urged state governments and local government councils to implement the MSS MoU for the benefit of their people.