The Maternal Newborn and Child Health Social Protection Scheme has taken off in Adamawa State.
The programme, supported by the European Union and UNICEF, was flagged off on Monday by wife of the state governor, Maryam Bindow.
At the ceremony in Malabu village of Fufore Local Government Area, Mrs. Bindow urged mothers, who are the major beneficiaries, and health workers involved in the scheme to give the intervention their full support.
“This event represents a giant stride in our collective efforts towards checkmating all health challenges affecting mothers and their newborn babies.
“It is in this regard that I see this intervention by European Union and UNICEF through collaboration with the Adamawa State Primary Healthcare Development Agency as not only timely but worthy of commendation,” Mrs. Bindow said.
She said the state government was committed to health care of the people of the state, particularly women and children.
“Let me reiterate here that Adamawa state under the leadership of my dear husband, Distinguished Senator Muhammadu Umar Jibrilla Bindow, has been at the vanguard of efforts towards transforming the social and psychological lives of people of the state for the better,” she said.
Speaking on the occasion, the representative of European Union, Anthony Ejeke, and that of UNICEF, Abdulai Kaikai, lauded the commitment of the Adamawa government to the scheme and other programmes of the international organisations in the state.
The chairman of Fufore Local Government, Aliyu Boya, who listed benefits of the programme to the community, assured of the council’s support for its success in the area.
Some of the women beneficiaries lauded the programme, which they said would impact positively on their access to healthcare services.
Highlight of the occasion was the presentation of delivery kits and transport money by Mrs. Bindow to some pregnant women who registered for the scheme.
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