Abuja witnessed more patronage of government hospitals in 2012.
Health officials in Abuja provided free antenatal services to 74,142 pregnant women in 2012, the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, Health and Human Services Secretariat said.
The Secretary of the Secretariat, Demola Onakomaiya, said on Monday that the number comprises of 51,664 old and 22,478 new expectant mothers.
In a statement signed by the Head, Public Relations, Badaru Yakasai, the secretary said that the FCTA hospital undertook 11,816 normal delivery and 2,563 caesarian sections.
Mr. Onakomaiya, while meeting with the senior staff of the secretariat in his office, disclosed that the 12 districts and the General Hospitals in Abuja provided health services to 829,429 patients out of which 529,348 were female and the General Outpatients (pediatrics) accounted for a total of 178,531 patients.
The secretary further revealed that the administration of the present FCT minister, Bala Mohammed, provided free health services to Abuja children under the ‘Free-Under –Five – Scheme’ in the past year.
He said there was a significant increase in the number of children below five years treated in Abuja hospitals in 2012 compared to 2011.