Rivers State Government, says its safe motherhood programme is aimed at reducing maternal morbidity and mortality.
The State health boss, Dr. Tamunoiyoriari parker stated this while speaking at an event to commemorate Safe Motherhood day in Port Harcourt.
Dr. Parker said reduction in maternal morbidity and mortality is done by providing goal directed approach that is evidence based and focuses on assessment and action needed to make decisions as the need arises.
According to him, Rivers State has a target population of 1,394,210 Women of child – bearing Age (WCBA), out of which 316,866 are pregnant while 253,493 are Infants.
He said 62.8 per cent of pregnant women registered for Ante natal Care in 2011 out of which 10 per cent delivered in the health centres.
It would be recalled that the Safe Motherhood Day is a day set aside to reflect on pregnancy, pregnancy-related disabilities and deaths, with the mother hood initiative being launched in 1987, while its celebration is on May 22, each year.
The Theme for this year is “Investing in safe motherhood for National development”, while the slogan is “pregnancy is special, let’s make it safe”.