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Nigeria Leads Africa on Still Births, Second In Global Ranking

Posted: May 3, 2016 at 7:24 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

– North Hardest Hit By Mortality

Nicholas Uwerunonye

Ahead the Global Midwifery Conference which begins today and ends tomorrow to mark this year’s International Day of the Midwife, it has been revealed that the North is the hardest hit by still birth even as Nigeria ranks second after Pakistan in child mortality phenomenon.

The Conference is holding in Abuja, hosted by the National Association of Nigerian Nurses and Midwives, UNFPA, Wellbeing Foundation Africa, WFA.
And ahead of the conference today, Toyin Saraki, wife of Senate President, Bukola Saraki and founder, wellbeing Foundation Africa, has been reviewing statistics on child delivery in the country.

Saraki calls on the federal government and relevant stakeholders to invest more “army of midwives” across Nigeria as a means to cut on the number of stillbirths and women dying during or after giving birth.

Wife of the Senate President made this call while speaking with Routers on Tuesday. Nigeria has the world’s highest rate of stillbirths after Pakistan – one in every 23 pregnancies. It recorded more than 300,000 stillbirths last year, while around one in 120 women die during childbirth, according to data from medical journal The Lancet and the World Bank.

The  founder of WFA, a women’s rights charity, said the value of midwives in Nigeria is being shown in the unlikeliest of places – camps for internally displaced people (IDP) uprooted by Boko Haram militants.

Around one in five babies are dying during childbirth in northeast Nigeria, where the Islamist group has waged a six-year insurgency, yet the survival rate of pregnancies delivered in IDP camps in the region is almost 100 percent, Saraki said.

“A woman there is only footsteps away from a midwife and clinic, with her family around her, and a doctor on standby,” said Saraki, who suffered a stillbirth in Nigeria due to a delay in finding an anaesthetist for an emergency caesarean section.