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Published On: Fri, Jul 25th, 2014

Free maternal healthcare: Uduaghan tells pregnant women to resist extortion

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From Adesoji Oyinlola, Lagos

Delta state governor, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan has warned pregnant women and nursing mothers not to give money to anybody, since the cost of their Medicare was covered by the state government’s free maternal and under-five healthcare programmes.

Dr. Uduaghan gave the warning on Tuesday, while giving antenatal talk to pregnant women at the Mother and Child Centre of the Central Hospital, Warri.

Governor Uduaghan, who inquired from the women if doctors and nurses were collecting money from them and was answered in the negative, urged them to resist any action to the contrary.

“You are not to give money to anybody; you should not make any payment, even if it requires operation, it is free and your children who are five years and below have free medical attention,” the governor emphasized.

He advised the expectant mothers to keep their ante-natal clinic appointments religiously, in the interest of their health and their unborn babies.

He added: “You must come here and deliver your babies, do not register for ante-natal and when it is time for delivery, you will leave the hospital and go to meet one woman because everybody (nurses) you see here are professionals,” reiterating, “keep your regular appointments, so that you will have safe delivery.”

The governor also charged the women to ensure that their children get routine immunization even as he urgedthose with four children to meet nurses and doctors in government hospitals for counseling on effective family planning, while also stressing the need for proper child spacing.


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