‘Low ma­ter­nal, child care trig­gers 33,000 deaths an­nu­ally’

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By Ruby Leo

Low par­tic­i­pa­tion of preg­nant women in ma­ter­nal and child care ser­vices has been iden­ti­fied as the ma­jor cause of ma­ter­nal deaths with 33,000 women dy­ing an­nu­ally in Nigeria, es­pe­cially in the ru­ral ar­eas.

This was the sum­mary of a stake­hold­ers’ meet­ing on ad­vo­cacy for SURE-P ma­ter­nal child projects in the North Cen­tral zone held in Abuja yes­ter­day. The meet­ing iden­ti­fied that 36 per­cent of women do not re­ceive ante natal care, re­sult­ing in ma­ter­nal deaths ev­ery year in Nigeria, the sec­ond largest ma­ter­nal death rate af­ter In­dia.

Con­sul­tant for the ad­vo­cacy, Al­haji Yusuf Adamu, Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor Mai­yarwuya Nig. Ltd., in a pre­sen­ta­tion at the meet­ing, iden­ti­fied that 946,000 chil­dren un­der five die ev­ery year mainly from com­pli­ca­tions of low birth weight, in­abil­ity to breathe af­ter birth, in­fec­tions and other dis­eases on the first day or the first week of life.

Also, in his pre­sen­ta­tion, Dr. John Adeg­bite, said some of the prob­lems caus­ing ma­ter­nal child deaths in­clude lack of ed­u­ca­tion for the girl child, poverty, de­mo­graphic pres­sures, high cost of med­i­ca­tion and in­suf­fi­cient in­vest­ment in pub­lic health care.

The sup­port needed at all lev­els of govern­ment, the stake­hold­ers said, in­clude sus­tained fund­ing, im­ple­men­ta­tion of ap­pro­pri­ate laws, train­ing and re­ten­tion of health care providers in col­lab­o­ra­tion with all stake­hold­ers.

PHOTO

As­sis­tant In­spec­tor-Gen­eral of Po­lice Zone 1, Tam­bari Yabo (right) and Com­mis­sioner of Po­lice Ji­gawa State, Kay­ode J.Theophilus, dur­ing a press brief­ing on the re­cent at­tack in Gwaram, Ji­gawa State yes­ter­day. SANI MAIKATANGA

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