The health care delivery goal of any state cannot be actualized without adequately considering and
improving maternal and child health care services. Bayelsa State is currently undergoing challenges
of maternal mortality as are the states of the south-south region in particular and Nigeria in general.
Over time, we have continued to make ardent efforts to improve maternal, newborn and child
health care. Recently, we have introduced the conditional cash transfer as incentive for all pregnant
women registered in the state to attend antenatal appointments while the Bayelsa State Health
Insurance Scheme has seen significant increase in the numbers of health insurance registrations by
pregnant women.
Now more than ever, it is imperative for us to diligently double our efforts to increasing coverage of
key high-impact interventions in all areas of the state, increasing access to the remote communities
especially the hard-to-reach areas occasioned by the extensive rainfall and riverine terrain.
The ICMNCH 2018: 20th International Conference on Maternal, Newborn, and Child Health in
Venice aims to bring together leading academic scientists, researchers and research scholars to
exchange and share their experiences and research results about all aspects of Maternal, Newborn,
and Child Health and I look forward to following the discussions there and hearing about the
innovative approaches to improving MNCH from across the world.

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