Jigawa pledges to promote Maternal, Newborn Health


The Director of Information in Jigawa, North West Nigeria, gave the pledge

The Director of information in Jigawa State, Bashiru Umar, has promised that the Jigawa State Government will partner with health parastatals and organisations in the state to promote and improve maternal and newborn health.

Mr. Umar said this on Tuesday at a media workshop championed by Evidence For Action, E4A, at the Jigawa Hotels Dutse, Jigawa State.

Speaking to PREMIUM TIMES, the Director said that Jigawa ministries have series of free medical programmes for pregnant women and newborns.

“The Ministry of Health and Ministry of Women Affairs as well as some other ministries are stakeholders in healthcare delivery especially on Maternal and Newborn Health.

“We have programmes under these platforms like the one for the Ministry of Women Affairs in Jigawa. We have the ‘Safe Motherhood’ known as ‘Haihuwa Lafia’. There’s also a special radio programme that mobilise husbands and wives on the importance of Antenatal care encouraging husbands to allow their wives to health facilities. We also have a joint cooperation between the Ministry of Women Affairs under Safe Motherhood (SM) with National Union of Road Transport Workers who complement the effort of SM in transporting pregnant mothers or those with complications in pregnancies to the nearest health facilities,” he said.

The E4A workshop featured issues on how credible, positive and balanced reporting; and holding public officers accountable can promote maternal health.

Presentations were made by Tunde Segun, E4A country Director; Akin Jimoh, E4A committee member on media; and Hadiza Babayaro, E4A Advocacy Advisor.