Gvt’ to Support Pregnant Women and Newborn Babies

Thursday, 26 August 2021 15:48
Gvt’ to Support Pregnant Women and Newborn Babies

(Togo First) - During its latest council of ministers, held on Aug. 25, the Togolese government announced the creation of a program to take care of pregnant women and newborn babies. Named Wezou (or Life in English), the program is an extension of the State’s measure to subsidize C-sections in public health centers.

In detail, the State will support women; from the confirmation of pregnancy to delivery. “This will cover prenatal visits, examinations during pregnancy, some drugs, and delivery to a given extent,” said Prof. Ayewouadan Akodah, minister of communication and spokesman of the government.

This program is aimed at “lowering maternal and neonatal mortality rates, as part of the ambition to boost social inclusion and modernize the country as stated under the government’s roadmap,” the Togolese authorities said. “It integrates progressively, all the services of care for pregnant women from the confirmation of the pregnancy until the 42nd day after delivery,” reads the statement of the Council of Ministers.

According to Akodah, this measure “focuses on prevention, as women who go for medical visits are better diagnosed.” 

Esaïe Edoh

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