' Nigeria contributes 10% of global Maternal Mortality'
June 12 (Kaduna) Nigerian Urban Reproductive Health Initiatives (NURHI), a Gates Foundation project Kaduna State Team Leader Kabiru Abdullahi said Nigeria contributes 10 percent of women dying during child birth globally.
He said the number of women dying calls for urgent action by stakeholders to tackle the situation.Speaking to Oslo times about the Mother Child Health week (MCH) held across the state, Kabiru said if a country have large number of people dying, it shows that it has a very weak health system.
"It is critical because if you know the number of women that are dying. Nigeria contributes 10% of global Maternal Mortality . It contributes 10% of the total number of women that are dying globally."But Nigeria's population is just 2% of the global population. And it is also an indicator of the level of development and the level of efficiency of care within the public health system. So if you have large number of people dying, it shows that you have a very weak health system.
"MCH is a program that is provided similar to what you see globally in most African countries. Because if you look at the maternal mortality situation, Africa records the worst MM situation. And because maternal mortality indices are very bad, you also have very bad indices around child health.
" MCH week is a way of showing what services are available and also getting women in the community during that period to access service when experts are available, traditional and religious leaders are gathered and informed about services available."Child health (immunization, vitamin A Supplementation, growth monitoring, deworming, treated mosquito nets and comprehensive medical checkup) are provided to the child.
"For the mother, they are provided antenatal care where they are provided with information about the nutrition they are suppose to take. They are provided supplements like folic acid and blood tablets to improve the normal growth of the baby and prevent him from anaemia.
"They are treated against tetanus, malaria among others and provided with treated mosquito nets. They also take history of the health of the woman and also provide additional information interms of what she needs to do at any particular point in time. How many antenatal care she is suppose to go for and when to come back for delivery. She is also provided with reason why they should come and give birth in the hospital.
"The third is the provision of family planning services. For any woman that has delivered, during the MCH week, they are provided with family planning services, that is the modern methods of family planning. They are first counsel about the benefits of family planning, around the misconception and myths.
"NURHI is interested in the MCH week because our intervention is a preventive intervention towards improving the health Of Women and protecting them from complications of pregnancy while encouraging and providing responsive services to the client upon arrival.
"And the cheapest intervention in terms of reducing Maternal Mortality is the provision contraceptives. It can help reduce MM by reducing the potential death or risk of death by reducing complications," he said.