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Enugu First Lady Enrolls 1,701 Expectant Mothers In Health Insurance

The First Lady of Enugu State, Mrs Nkechinyere Mbah, Tuesday, enrolled 1,701 pregnant women in a one-year health insurance premium. The beneficiaries were drawn from the 17 local government areas of the state.

Mrs Mbah, who used the event to launch her Mama Care initiative, also gifted money and food items to the expectant mothers.

She said ‘Mama Care’ was an initiative of the Office of the Wife of the Governor and her pet project, the Custos Care Foundation

They would boost the government’s efforts to eradicate maternal and infant mortality in the state, she said.

She said, “Too often, the joy of pregnancy is overshadowed by the fear and uncertainty brought about by financial constraints, leading many women to seek the services of traditional birth attendants. While these attendants have served their communities for generations, the realities of modern healthcare necessitate a shift towards facilities, equipped to handle the complexities of childbirth.

“Through the Mama Care Initiative, we ensure that 100 women from each LGA have access to comprehensive healthcare services, which include not only antenatal care but also the safe and supervised conditions necessary for delivery in our hospitals and healthcare centres.”

She encouraged pregnant mothers to utilize the services to attend their antenatal appointments diligently, take their routine drugs and choose hospitals or healthcare centres for childbirth.

Mrs Mbah equally announced the distribution of 1,701 bags of rice to the pregnant women to support the nutritional needs of both the mothers and their unborn babies.

One of the beneficiaries, Mrs Amarachi Osita, thanked Mrs Mbah, adding that, “Now all my worries are gone.”

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