Article originally featured in All Africa.
Ahead of the maternal and child health care on July 16-20, the FCT Primary Health Care Development Board (FCT PHCDB) Wednesday organized a day training for staff of the Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC).
Executive Secretary of the Board, Dr. Rilwanu Muhammad, said the training with the theme 'A Package of Care for The Healthy Family' is aimed primarily at reducing newborn and child mortality and to improve maternal health.
He said the event is an approach to deliver integrated packages of interventions that are known to be cost effective as well as result oriented, which is aimed at improving maternal and child health.
The Executive Secretary said studies have shown that Nigeria has a maternal mortality rate of 545 per 100,000 live births, infant mortality rate of 75 deaths per 1,000 live births, child mortality of 88 deaths per 1,000 live births.
He said expectant mothers will receive free health education on hand washing, exclusive breast feeding, free immunization for children less than 11 months, free anti-natal care for pregnant women, HIV counseling and free birth registration.