Dr Ahmed Gana, Executive Secretary of the state Primary Health Care Development Agency (PHCDA), said it this at a news conference.

He said the first phase of the programme would commence in the 57 out of the 114 wards in the state.

According to him, each ward will have 20 health workers to assist in service delivery and few doctors to monitor them.

Gana said the village health workers would be visiting house to house to identify pregnant women and ensure they provided effective services to them.

“They will make sure that every pregnant woman in the state is assisted, especially during and after delivery,” he said.

The scribe said the aim was to reduce the rate of infection and bleeding on the women to the barest minimum.

He said the agency would partner with traditional rulers and religious leaders in the process of selection of the health workers, who would be residents of the communities.

“This is to ensure the success of the programme and acceptance by the communities,” he said.

Gana called on the people in the state to understand the importance of the scheme and to take advantage of it.

He said other stakeholders in the programme include the Society for Family and Health, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, NGOs, organised private sector, traditional leaders and matrons of hospitals.