by ABIODUN NEJO
The National Primary Health Care Development Agency, NPHCDA, has set up a steering committee in Ekiti State towards ensuring the successful implementation of its SUREP Maternal and Child Health, MCH, Conditional Cash Transfer, CCT, programme.
Its Executive Director/ CEO, Dr. Ado Muhammad, said the project targeted improvement of maternal and child health through properly equipped facilities with workers capable of providing service delivery.
Muhammad, who spoke during the inauguration of the committee in Ado- Ekiti at the weekend, said “the CCT project is not only designed to encourage pregnant women to go through the full continuum of maternal, neonatal and child health services, it is also meant to improve the welfare of beneficiaries through cash support in order to reduce the impact of economic barriers to access health services. ”
The NPHCDA boss, represented by the Zonal Technical Officer, SURE-P MCH CCT, Mrs. Folakemi Aladenika, disclosed that the SURE-P MCH had added an innovation of employing the services of village health workers with the support of government workers and Ward Development Committees, WDC.
This, he said, was to overcome the challenges of getting and retaining health care workers to live and work in the rural communities.
The agency urged the members of the newlyconstituted steering committee to see the assignment as a call to duty and handle it with responsibility to achieve desired results.
The membership include the state commissioner for health as chairman, permanent secretary of NPHCDA, state MDG focal person, SUREP, MCH, state programme assistant, as well as representatives of the ministry of local government and chieftaincy affairs, ministry of information, traditional rulers, religious leaders, coordinators of benefiting LGA PHC and the SURE-P MCH CCT Technical Officer.
Health Commissioner, Prof. Olusola Fasubaa, lauded the scheme which he said would better the lot of women and children in the state.
He saidat the reduction of maternal and child mortality had been a challenge until recently when the MCH CCT was introduced.