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President Goodluck Jonathan has been presented with trophy and certificate for the 2012 Commonwealth Association for Public Administration and Management (CAPAM)’s international innovation Award won by the midwives service scheme in Nigeria.

Nigeria emerge winner where over 200 contestants participated in that category. Nigeria emerged winner among the twelve finalists  in the category.

The Minister of Health, Prof. Onyebuchi Chukwu, who made the presentation shortly before the commencement of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting held at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, said Nigeria won the 2012 CAPAM International Innovation Award at a competition held in India during the meeting of the global Association.

The competition, according to him, was to celebrate International Innovation that impacted positively on countries and their people.

He said Nigeria entered into the competition and won with a health innovative programme; "the Midwives Service Scheme’’.

"Nigeria was represented in India at the meeting of the CAPAM and finally, Nigeria won the competition in the category on International Innovation that impacted positively on countries and their people.

"The Midwives Service Scheme is one of several interventions being implemented by the administration to ensure that the fourth and fifth of MDGs that have to do with maternal and child health are achieved.

"It was also in the recognition of the efforts that the administration have put towards achieving the MDGs that the UN Secretary General nominated Mr. President to be co-chaired with the Prime Minister of Norway on the Life Savings Commodities for Women and Children,’’ he said.

The Permanent Secretary Ministry of Health, Mrs Fatimah Bamidele, also speaking said the award was in recognition of the innovative programme to save the lives of women and children in the rural area.

She said the Midwives Service Scheme was about deploying skilled attendants to the rural areas to help the women deliver successfully without complications and death.

Bamidele said the programme had helped in addressing the high indices child and maternal mortality in the country.

According to her, there were 200 contestants from which Nigeria emerged among the twelve finalists and won in the category.

The Executive Secretary, National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) , Dr. Mohammed Ado, said the feat was achieved base on dedication and commitment, particularly, of the midwives and other health care attendants.

He gave credit to the midwives and other health care attendants who had helped in the implementation of the programme.

Ado said over 4000 midwives were deployed to about 1,500 facilities providing health care delivery to pregnant women and children.

He said the programme which had been on for the past three years had impacted positively in fast-tracking Nigeria efforts at attaining the MDGs  goals 4 and 5.

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