Governor Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia State, Southeast Nigeria has disclosed that his government gives N500 to new mothers after delivery.

Ikpeazu made this known while speaking as a guest on Channels TV’s flagship programme, Sunrise Daily on Wednesday, Daily Dates Nigeria reports.

Ikpeazu said: “Abia State has keyed into the basic health insurance for pregnant women. If you give birth in any of our centers, you get N500.

Abia govt gives N500 to women who deliver in primary healthcare centres -  Ikpeazu

“Delivery is free, they give you a delivery pack and N500, which is running for the vulnerable members of the society.”

The Governor when asked what the N500 could do for the women, said “free delivery, are you asking a poor woman, what will she do with N500? Some people don’t have it. At least it will pay their way back home.”

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According to the Abia State Strategy Health Development Plan, there are 687 primary health care centres across the 17 Local Government Areas in the state. The governor said the state operates a free delivery policy and a N500 take-home package as an initiative of the basic health insurance for pregnant women.

Meanwhile, resident doctors in Abia State have been on strike following the non-payment of their salaries for 22 months.

In October, the Joint Action Committee of the Abia State University Teaching Hospital (ABSUTH) shut down operations at the hospital. The state-owned polytechnic is also on strike.

In reaction to this, the governor said Abia State polytechnic and Abia State University Teaching Hospital are “revenue yielding entities,” which are suffering managerial shortfalls.

According to him, the polytechnic had a capacity of 15,000 students, which should provide the institution with N3bn annually, a fund enough for the institution to manage itself.

Governor Ikpeazu stressed that he would only pay subvention, which is only for research and infrastructure.