Friday, 27 November 2015

Sad! 100 northern women die daily during childbirth

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Nigeria Country Director of United Nations Population Fund, Ms. Ratidzai Ndhlovu, says no fewer than 100 women die daily across northern Nigeria during childbirth.

She spoke on Thursday in Sokoto at a consultative meeting with the theme, ‘Accelerating the Reduction of Maternal Deaths in Northern Nigeria: The Role of the Traditional and Religious Leaders’ Punch reports 

Ndhlovu decried the high maternal mortality figure, stressing that collective efforts must be stepped up to redress the ugly trend.

She added, “No pregnant woman should be allowed to die while bringing a life into the world and they should be adequately protected.

The Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III, canvassed for the building of capacities of more traditional birth attendants in the region.

Abubakar said the action would complement the efforts of skilled midwives in health facilities.
He suggested that the traditional birth attendants “should be recruited by the three tiers of government and deployed in health facilities to boost manpower.”

The Executive Director, National Primary Health Care Development Agency , Dr Ado Mohammed, reiterated the commitment of the Federal Government to providing good health facilities for women across the country.

The Sokoto State Health Commissioner, Dr. Shehu Kakale, said government had set up a committee to see to the reduction of maternal mortality in the state.

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