The Mandate Secretary, Health Services and Environment Secretariat, Adedolapo Fasawe, has said that the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) has completed plans to initiate a special insurance enrolment process for women in the capital territory facing economic hardship to receive the vital care they deserved.
She also disclosed that the FCT minister, Nyesom Wike, has directed the secretariat to embark on an advocacy and sensitization programme to enlighten the residents on how and where to access healthcare services at affordable rates within the FCT.
Fasawe said it was the determination Wike-led FCTA to provide comprehensive healthcare support to vulnerable pregnant women and also reduce maternal mortality in the FCT that led to the initiation of a special health insurance enrollment program for vulnerable pregnant women in the FCT to drastically reduce maternal mortality rate.
The mandate secretary spoke on Wednesday, November 8, during an on-the-spot assessment visit to the primary Health Care Centre, Wassa in Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC) to assess the facility, the quality of care rendered well as the scope of operations in line with standard healthcare guidelines.
Fasawe said the urgent need for her Secretariat to meet the needs of the people which includes the provision of clean and safe potable water to guide against disease transmission is because every resident of FCT is entitled to accessing quality health care services regardless of their socio and economic status.
She assured the residents of the government’s dedication to improving the health and well-being of the people through innovative healthcare interventions and community outreach programmes.
He said: “In recognition of the importance of proper healthcare during pregnancy and the right of every pregnant woman to essential healthcare services without financial barriers, the secretariat has taken the bold step to initiate a special enrolment process for women facing economic hardship to receive vital care deserved.
“The insurance process would cover a range of services, including prenatal care, delivery, postnatal care, and other necessary medical attention that would drastically reduce Maternal and Infant Mortality rate.”