Tuesday, 15 December 2015

Nigeria’s Maternal Mortality Rate Is 560 Deaths Per 100,000 Live Births

The World Health Organisation’s (WHO) 2014 report has stated that the maternal mortality rate in Nigeria is 560 deaths per 100,000 live births and one-third of all global maternal deaths are concentrated in two populous countries which includes Nigeria, after India.

This was revealed over the weekend, by the executive director of Women Advocates’ Research and Documentation Centre (WARDC), Dr Abiola Akiyode Afolabi at the “National Roundtable: Sustainable Development Goals Gender Equality and Maternal Health” in Abuja.

It means 1 in 178 women die during childbirth in Nigeria.

Dr Akiyode also lamented that Nigeria ranks 118 of 134 countries in the gender equality index, as fewer girls are enrolled in school in schools compared with boys. In addition, majority of women are concentrated in casual, low-skilled, low paid informal sector employment which limits their access to credit and entrepreneurship as well as business activities.

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