Ma­ter­nal, child mor­tal­ity de­clin­ing in Nigeria –Min­is­ter

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By Ojoma Akor

Nigeria is cur­rently wit­ness­ing a steady re­duc­tion in the rate of child and ma­ter­nal mor­tal­ity Min­is­ter of Women Af­fairs, Ha­jiya Zainab Maina has said.

She said this when she re­ceived the Coun­try Di­rec­tor of IPas Nigeria, Dr. Lola Mabo­gunje, in her of­fice re­cently.

She said: “We are half way to meet­ing the 2015 tar­get for in­fant mor­tal­ity rate and one-third from the un­der-five mor­tal­ity rate”.

Maina said the num­ber of women who die dur­ing child birth re­duced dras­ti­cally to 350 per 100,000 live births in 2012 as against 800 and 545 fig­ures recorded in 2004 and 2008 re­spec­tively.

She said her min­istry had pro­vided boat am­bu­lances to River­ine ar­eas for the pur­pose of ma­ter­nal mor­tal­ity in­ter­ven­tion ser­vices, dis­trib­uted Mama Kits dur­ing ad­vo­cacy vis­its to var­i­ous states and sup­ported the train­ing of spe­cial­ized Health Per­son­nel.

She how­ever re­gret­ted that al­though the num­ber of ma­ter­nal deaths had de­clined but that progress re­mained slow and there are grow­ing dis­par­i­ties in knowl­edge about ac­cess to re­pro­duc­tive health care, par­tic­u­larly among the poor and ru­ral women.

Coun­try Di­rec­tor of IPas Nigeria, Dr. Lola Mabo­gunje re­gret­ted the alarm­ing in­crease of rape cases in Nigeria, with 78 re­ported cases be­tween Jan­uary to March 2014 alone.

He said there are many more un­re­ported cases.

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