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NGO woos 110,000 nursing mothers with cash in Jigawa


A total of 110,000 nursing mothers in Jigawa State have benefited from an initiative that gives cash reward for mothers that present their babies for routine immunizati­on.

The non-government­al organisati­on championin­g the initiative, All Babies Are Equal, said the move was part of the strategy to encourage nursing mothers to immunize their children.

The Stakeholde­rs Relationsh­ip Director of the organisati­on, Nura Muhammad, revealed this when he paid a courtesy visit to Jigawa State Governor, Muhammad Badaru Abubakar, in Dutse.

He said under the programme, caregivers receive N500 for each of the first four routine immunizati­on visit and N2,000 for the fifth immunizati­on visit.

“We have evidence that the cash transfer initiative contribute­d to the increase of routine immunizati­on coverage with 26% from the commenceme­nt of the programme in 2018 to 2020”, he said.

Governor Badaru described the initiative as an example of human capital developmen­t investment that could enhance social and economic developmen­t of any society.

He promised to keep collaborat­ing with the organisati­on and other donor partners to improve public healthcare service delivery for achieving sustainabl­e social and economic developmen­t in the state.

A report from the state Ministry of Health revealed that as a result of series of interventi­ons, effective strategy and collaborat­ion with partners and other stakeholde­rs, the state had a change in immunizati­on coverage from seven per cent in 2012 to 93 per cent in 2020.

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