The Federal Government is engaging 100,000 agents under the Community Health Influencers, Promoters and Services (CHIPS) program.

This is in order to reduce high rate of maternal and child mortality in the country.

Executive Director, National Primary Health Care Development Agency, Faisal Shuaib made the disclosure during an interview with newsmen shortly after the first meeting with Northern Traditional Leaders Committee on Primary Health Care Delivery in Kaduna yesterday.

CHIPS is a community-based programme whereby individuals with basic criteria including commitment, agility, will be selected by traditional institution to carry out basic medical needs of the people in their communities, diagnose and call on the next point of call when necessary.

They must be residing within the community and would be adequately trained before deployment to render the services the programme is targeted.

According to him, the development became necessary because Nigeria was losing about one million women and children to preventable medical conditions.

“The gathering of the northern traditional committee on PHC here today is to review what we were able to achieve in 2017 and strategise for high priority intervention in our communities this year.

This means going back to the basis, the community to engage the traditional institution knowing full well that we cannot have meaningful progress as regard to provision of healthcare services to our people without listening to them.

Source: Nigeriatoday