Our care for pregnant women will reduce maternal mortality-- Bayelsa First Lady

Wife of the Bayelsa State Governor, Dr. Mrs Racheal Dickson said the recent pronouncement by the state government of providing support for pregnant women in the state is part of efforts geared towards reducing maternal and infant mortality in the state.

She spoke in Yenagoa during the start of a 3-day programme for Royal Queens in the Niger Delta organized by the Bayelsa State Traditional Rulers Wives Association.

Mrs Dickson said the government is concerned about the wellbeing of pregnant women and has put in place measures to ensure they get monthly stipend and other benefits until they safely deliver of their baby.

The First expressed worry over the number of avoidable deaths, saying most of them would not have occurred if adequate care was given to the women.

According to her, every pregnant woman in the state is very important to the government as the nine months’ period of their pregnancy is very sensitive and requires the needed attention.

She said “We will be paying our women who are pregnant monthly to ensure they are able to buy whatever they need. We will also care for them medically to ensure that cases of maternal and infant mortality are reduced.

“Most of the deaths you hear of involving pregnant women could have been avoided if they were well cared for. We are concerned about such avoidable deaths and by God’s grace will reduce and even stop it”.

While calling on pregnant women to take advantage of the offer by visiting government owned hospitals, she also advised them against foods that are not good for them during their pregnancy.  

Mrs Dickson equally urged the visiting Queens to use their positions to support women, especially girl child education which she said the government in Bayelsa is strongly championing.

In his remarks, the chairman of the Bayelsa State Council of Traditional Rulers and Amanyanabo of Twon-Brass, King Alfred Diete-Spiff charged the royal queens to play their role in actualizing the dreams of young women and also get involved in nation building.

In her welcome address, convener of the summit, Josephine Diete-Spiff explained the reasons for hosting the event while calling on her colleagues to lead the way to educate and empower those who are looking up to them.