Governor Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia State has revealed that the state gives N500 to pregnant women who give birth to their child at the primary health care facilities in the state.
The governor made this known while speaking during Channels TV’s Sunrise Daily on Wednesday.
“Abia State has keyed into the basic health insurance for pregnant women. If you give birth in any of our centres, you get N500,” Mr Ikpeazu said.
“Delivery is free, they give you a delivery pack and N500, which is running for the vulnerable members of the society.”
Asked what the N500 could do for the women, the governor said “free delivery, are you asking a poor woman, what will she do with N500? Some people don’t have it.” “At least it will pay their way back home.”
According to the Abia State Strategy Health Development Plan, there are 687 primary health care centres across the 17 Local Government Areas in the state. 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.