Pathfinder International seeks media support to end maternal mortality in Northern Nigeria
By Mohammad Ibrahim
Oct 14, Kaduna : Pathfinder International seeks media support to educate and sensitize general public on the need to accept family planning as a means of reducing maternal mortality in Northern Nigeria. The organization expressed worry over the alarming rate of Maternal Mortality Rate (MMR) in the region. Nigeria is one of the countries with high rates of maternal and infants death in the world. Nigeria Maternal Mortality Rate Demographics put Maternal mortality rate as 814 deaths per 100,000 live births in (2015 est.) in the country. Maternal mortality rate (MMR) is the annual number of female deaths per 100,000 live births from any cause related to or aggravated by pregnancy or its management (excluding accidental or incidental causes). Pathfinder International believe all hand must be on deck to check the ugly trend through the practice of child birth spacing. Health/Family Planning Programme Officer, Pathfinder International, Dr. Sakina Bello at a discussion on Performance, Monitoring and Accountability PMA 2020 Round 4 Survey Results with Media said the menace of women dying during childbirth can be reduced. "Maternal mortality rate in Northern Nigeria is high, but is preventable as research has shown that through family planning, the MMR can be reduced to one third. "Pathfinder International believed that a lot can be achieved when Civil Society Organizations and Media are involved because they serve as voices to make governments accountable and to child-spacing commodities available and accessible to women who want to use any of them, " she said. It was gathered that the meeting was to present to the public through the media, the current Performance, Monitoring and Accountability (PMA) 2020 survey results between 2014-2017 especially in Kaduna Northwest Nigeria . Dr. Sakina said that the organisation which is 60 years old and works in several countries around the world, is poised at addressing issues that affect reproductive health. Chairman of the Family Health Advocates in Nigeria Initiative (FHANI), Mohammed Shehu said the key objective of the Performance Monitoring and Accountability (PMA) Round 4 is to identify key advocacy issues. According to him, sharing such information was important because they go a long way in addressing several issues related to maternal deaths.
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