Pregnant women who are registered for
ante-natal at the Rivers State health centres will enjoy monetary incentives.
Rivers State Governor, Rt Hon Chibuike
Amaechi stated this last Thursday during an advocacy campaign on maternal and
infant health at Igwuruta, Ikwerre Local Government Area of Rivers State.
Governor Amaechi, represented by the
Commissioner for Health, Dr Sampson Parker, said such gesture was part of its
free medical care scheme to encourage women to access the health centres.
According to him, the token was to support
the women who might have difficulty with transportation and other materials
necessary for their well-being.
The government has decided to provide a
token of N25,000 to pregnant mothers in government primary health centres to
encourage them during their ante-natal period until delivery.
The governor also added that children on
vaccination or immunisation were not exempted from such benefit , adding that
only mothers who are registered with its free medical care scheme can access
“Our mission is to ensure that our mothers
and children do not die due to
preventable circumstances but to keep them fit during pregnancy, he said.
The governor stated that he had considered
potency of advocacy in solving health challenges and as a preventable measure
to curb disease ravaging rural communities and has set aside funds for this
venture in the 2012 budget.
Also, the wife of the governor, Dame Judith
Amaechi, in her speech said it was necessary for women to go for regular
medical test to ascertain their health status, complaining that most women do
not access the primary health centres located in their domains.
According to her, “it is very good that we
live a healthy life, and we must go for test regularly. That is the only way we
reduce infant and maternal mortality”.
Mrs Amaechi, whose NGO, the Empowerment
Support Initiative (ESI) collaborated with the Ministry of Health, Association
of Lady Pharmacists, Rivers State Agency for the Control of HIV/AIDS and the
Ikwerre Local Government Area on the programme enjoined women to access free
medical efforts, and stated that such measures were the surest way of
actualising the Millennium Development Goals in the health sector.
“We will continue to organise outreach
health mission programme to educate our women on health matters. This is the
only way we can actualise MDGs 2015 in heath sector”, she said.
The women, who converged on the ESI Model
Nursery School, Igwuruta, were given pet talk on drugs administration, HIV/AIDS
issues on maternal health and social challenges.
It would be recalled that ESI and the
ministry of health had signed a pact to provide mobile medical outreach programmes
in rural communities where women are diagnosed and treated accordingly while
critical cases are transferred to the general hospital.
RSG Alerts On Orchestrated Media Campaign
The Rivers State Government has raised alarm over alleged moves by some critics of the government to use selected media houses in the state to denigrate the state government.
A statement signed by the state Commissioner for Information and Communications, Pastor Paulinus Nsirim, yesterday, reads, “The Rivers State Government is aware of clandestine plans by the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Rivers State to use selected media houses in the state to denigrate the government of Governor Nyesom Wike.
“This is as a result of the intimidating sterling performance of Governor Wike in infrastructure, healthcare, education, agriculture, rural transformation, housing development, administration of justice, social welfare and sports development.
“This orchestrated campaign spearheaded by a defeated and dumped governorship aspirant of the APC, Dr. Dakuku Peterside is designed to portray the government of Governor Wike as one that is not meeting the developmental aspirations of Rivers people.
“However, the uncommon transformation of the 23 local government areas as witnessed during the last six years of projects commissioning and flag off shows clearly that Governor Wike is actually meeting the yearnings of the people.
“The fact that Rivers people that turn out en mass at the various projects sites to heartily welcome their beloved governor and his guests drawn from all political divides is a clear indication that Rivers people can no longer be swayed by cheap politically induced blackmail.
“The truth of the matter is that the APC government that boasted that Governor Wike will not see money to pay workers’ salaries and execute projects has been humbled by the revolution in governance currently witnessed in the state.
“Instead of people like Dr. Dakuku Peterside and his acolytes to eat the humble pie, they are busy looking for cheap popularity through sponsored appearances in the media.
“No matter how hard these detractors push their propaganda, Governor Wike will never be distracted in executing his social contract with the people of Rivers State.
“In the next few weeks, more projects that have direct bearing to the lives of Rivers people will be unveiled.
“Governor Wike’s promise to continue working as if this is his first tenure and not abandon any project remains sacrosanct.
“Rivers people are watching those whose stock in trade is to dance naked and pray that they continue as merchants of mischief, falsehood and baseless allegations.”
“The people of Rivers State love Governor Wike whose outstanding achievements in salvaging the state from the dearth of basic infrastructural development required for speedy socioeconomic transformation has received national and international applause.
“Therefore, no amount of negative propaganda by the failed APC can diminish the legacy of Governor Wike in Rivers State.
“Rather than launder the thoroughly battered image of the APC, such media appearances by Dr. Dakuku Peterside and his cohorts will further expose APC’s penchant for lies and deception which is now a public knowledge.
“The former governor of Rivers State, Dr. Peter Odili, has confirmed that Governor Wike is the best Rivers State has produced.
“’I have been there. And I make bold to say Governor Nyesom Wike, you are the best,’ Dr. Odili said.
“Odili’s comment serves as an answer to those masquerading as informed commentators with puerile and suffocating commentaries”, the statement added.
Bandits In Trouble As Super Tucano Aircraft Arrives
The first batch of A-29 Super Tucano aircraft has arrived in Kano, yesterday, at about 12.34 pm.
The NAF Director of Public Relations and Information, Air Commodore Edward Gabkwet, confirmed the arrival of the fighter aircraft in a statement.
“On hand to receive the aircraft were the Hon. Minister of Defence, Maj-Gen Bashir Magashi (rtd); Chief of Army Staff, Lt-Gen Farouk Yahaya; and Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Oladayo Amao”, he said.
We’ve No Patience With Failure, Oyedepo Lashes Out At Sacked Pastors
The General Overseer and Founder of The Living Faith Church International also known as Winners’ Chapel, Bishop David Oyedepo, has reacted to the recent sack of over 40 pastors by the church.
One of the affected Pastors, Peter Godwin, took to social media, claiming they were sacked for not generating enough income.
Godwin, who was in one of the church’s branches in Ekiti State, had claimed, “I was told by the management that the church doesn’t operate at a loss.
“They also told me that the total income that is being generated from my station should be able to cater for my welfare and accommodation, so as a result of low income, I’m hereby dismissed.”
Reacting to the allegation in a video posted on the social media, Oyedepo said the sack of the pastors was not about money, adding that the latter were sacked as a result of their failure and the church “has no patience with failure.
“Money? Nonsense! We have never lacked it, and yet, we have never prayed for it.
“We are just simply obeying God, and He is backing up what He is asking us to do. Awesome God,” he noted.
On those criticising the sack, the GO said, “People are confused about our ministry. I learnt some fellows said, you know, they are not bringing income, that is why they asked them to go”.
He added, “We asked you to go because you are unfruitful. Unfruitful! Blatant failure. Doing what there? We have no patience with failure here.
“When we employed 7,000 people at a time, social media was dead.
“We have more employees in this organisation than most of the states. No one is owed a dime salary and we don’t borrow, we don’t beg. Ask our bank whether we take overdraft.
“We are covenant bound, working in the light of God’s word, enjoying an open Heaven.”
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