Governor Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia State has disclosed that his administration gives N500 to indigent pregnant women who deliver at any of the state’s primary health care facilities .
The governor stated while speaking on Channels TV’s Sunrise Daily on Wednesday.
According to Ikpeazu “Abia State has keyed into the basic health insurance for pregnant women. If you give birth in any of our centres, you get N500.
“Delivery is free, they give you a delivery pack and N500, which is running for the vulnerable members of the society.”
When asked by the presenter what the N500 could do for the women, he said “free delivery, are you asking a poor woman what she will do with N500? Some people don’t have it.
“At least it will pay their way back home.”
The governor said the state operates a free delivery policy and a N500 take-home package as an initiative of the basic health insurance for pregnant women.
Resident doctors in Abia State have been on strike following the non-payment of their salaries for 22 months.
Last month, the Joint Action Committee of the Abia State University Teaching Hospital (ABSUTH) shut down operations at the hospital. The state-owned polytechnic is also on strike.