Friday, 27 November 2015

100 Women Die DAILY In Northern Nigeria During Childbirth

Ms Ratidzai Ndhlovu, Nigeria Country Director of United Nations Population Fund ( UNFPA), 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.”

Ndhlovu decried the high maternal mortality figure, and stressed that collective efforts must be stepped up to reduce the ugly trend.

She said, traditional rulers, community and religious leaders should take census of all pregnant women in their areas, with a view to tracking the exact figure of maternal mortality so that steps can be taken to reduce the menace to zero level.

The Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar, also called for the building of capacities of more traditional birth attendants in the region to complement the efforts of the skilled midwives in health facilities.

He suggested that the traditional birth attendants should be recruited by the three tiers of government and deployed to health facilities, to boost manpower provision. (NAN)


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