A medical practitioner, Dr lawal Adebeshin has urged government at all levels to partner with community hospitals to reduce the rate of maternal mortality.
The Medical Doctor made the call during his annual medical outreach programme tagged “Abiye seminar”, organized by Besh Lifecare Hospital in conjunction with safe delivery initiatives, in Abeokuta, the Ogun state capital.
Adebeshin says if government partners with hospitals in rural areas, it will stop the pregnant women from patronizing quacks and as well make them access healthcare services at affordable fees.
He explained that the partnership with such hospitals will also encourage young medical doctors to shun travelling out of the country in search of greener pastures.
According to him, the partnership which can come in terms of donation of medical equipment, training of personnel, among others, will reduce the burden on the government health facilities.
He added that the initiative is to give medical care to pregnant women in the rural areas, at a free or subsidised fees.
Dr Adebeshin said that the benefits to be enjoyed by the pregnant women under the program includes free registration, free laboratory scan, subsidized delivery fee and free drugs, among others.
Some of the beneficiaries commend both the hospital management and other partners for their goodwill for the people at the grassroots levels, especially the pregnant women who are mostly indigents.