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Bauchi govt raises panel on Maternal Death Review

Posted: Apr 30, 2015 at 3:05 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Patience Ogbodo-Iwuagwu, Bauchi


Bauchi State Ministry of Health in collaboration with Evidence for Action (E4A)/DFiD and USAID/TSHIP has set up a Technical Working Group (TWG) on Maternal Death Review (MDR).

The setting up of the committee became necessary in view of the prevailing rate of maternal deaths at childbirth put at 576 per 100,000 life birth in the country, according to the 2013 National Health Demographic Survey.

The members of the TWG,  made up of technical staff of the ministry, its agencies and parastatals, representatives of  secondary and tertiary health institutions and development partners was inaugurated at the commodity store of the Abubakar Tafwa Balewa University Teaching Hospital (ATBUTH) in Bauchi.

In his presentation, Ahmed Mohammed Ahmed, of E4A, stated that “MDR is a qualitative, in-depth investigation into the causes of, and circumstances surrounding maternal deaths which occur in health care facilities with a view to determining strategies for preventing future occurrences.”

He said the MDR approach, which is one of the most cost effective methods to improve the performance of health workers towards reducing maternal deaths in our health facilities is a national health policy.

Also speaking, Dr. Ibrahim Alhassan Kabo of TSHIP, a USAID sponsored NGO, said the overall goal of MDR is to eliminate preventable maternal mortality by obtaining and using information on each maternal death to guide public health actions and monitor their impact.