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Bauchi Recorded 97 Maternal Deaths In Three Months-Perm Sec

Posted: Jan 18, 2016 at 6:12 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Patience Ogbodo-Iwuagwu, Bauchi

Ninety seven cases of maternal mortality were recorded in Bauchi State from  August to October 2015, Permanent Secretary, Bauchi State Ministry of Health, Dr. Saidu Aliyu Gital, has disclosed.

Speaking at the inauguration of the new Maternal and Peri-natal Death Surveillance Response (MPDSR) and Technical Working Group (TWG) Committee at the Specialist Hospital conference hall in Bauchi, Gital described as worrisome the recent statistic released by the working group in the first three months of operation.

According to him, the statistic shows that the highest cases were recorded in General Hospital Azare, Misau and Toro local government areas of the state. He explained that the deaths were only that of secondary health facilities in the state.

Gital said “There is no reason why a woman should die while giving birth in the state.

“Our budget captured  life saving drugs for pregnant women and the five point health agenda of the state Governor including the under five free treatment.”

The Permanent Secretary assured that once the budget is passed, maternal and peri-natal death will certainly be reduce to the barest minimum or tackle.

Speaking earlier, the National Adviser of Evidence for Action(E4A), Oko Igado, said the aim of the meeting is to review and suggest ways for improving the running of the MPDSR process in health facilities.


He said “State Government and Health staff are to use evidence from from MPDSR to improve quality of care in he state”.


The committee which comprise 26 members were drawn from different Departments and Agencies  of the Health sector  to be chaired by Dr. Bako Mohammed as chairman while Dr. Mohammed Daminah is to serve as secretary of the committee.


The committee is responsible for planning and establishing the mechanism for the MPDR at state level as well as make recommendations to the state government on ways to reduce avoidable maternal and peri-natal death in the state among other.