Governor Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa State, has announced a monthly allowance of N3,000 for pregnant women in the state. Speaking during the maiden Infant and Maternal Mortality Summit held in Yenagoa, the state capital, on Monday. Dickson said the allowance was meant to cover the cost of antenatal care for expectant mothers every month.
He said In order to make it possible for every pregnant woman to deliver safely, and to ensure that they are accounted for, supervised and supported throughout their pregnancies, up to the time of delivery, the government announced a safe maternity allowance of N3,000 per month to every pregnant woman in Bayelsa.
From the moment a Bayelsa woman and every woman living in Bayelsa becomes pregnant, she is entitled to N3,000 until her delivery. He also said that the money will be accessed upon registration in their nearest health care facilities for antenatal services. Those who are attending to the pregnant women will ensure they run a simple test to ensure they are pregnant.
As they confirm that, they will be enrolled for the antenatal programme, which should not be more than nine months. From that month, through the recommendation of that health care centre, they will receive N3,000 every month until they deliver.
This is not just about making money available, but ensuring that the health team gives the bayelsa state government, a monthly report of the number of women, who have been registered in the safe motherhood programme from each local government, as well as the reports of their pregnancies and delivery. Lamenting on the rate of infant and maternal mortality in the state, the bayelsa state government has decided to stem the tide by building world class health care facilities in the state.