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Nigeria: NGO Laments Rise In Maternal Death

Posted: Nov 2, 2015 at 2:01 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Patience Ogbodo-Iwuagwu, Bauchi

A Non Givermental Organisation, Mamaye Evidence for Action , has expressed worry over the rise in maternal death in Nigeria, attributing such to lack of life-saving drugs in the hospitals.

The Bauchi State Cordinator of Mamaye E4A, Ahmed Mohammed Ahmed, disclosed this in an interview with Daily Independnet in Bauchi.

He said that the number of women, who die while given birth is on the rise instead of reducing, hence the need for urgent attention to salvage the situation.

Mamaye Evidence 4 Action is a Ukaid support programme that aims at ensuring that all pregnant women and babies receive good and quality healthcare services. The project also supports the health sectors in ensuring that evidences are used to develop the government operational plans as well as any action the government intends to take towards improving the lives of mothers and babies.

According to Ahmed, “Maternal death in Nigeria, instead of reducing is increasing. According to National Development Survey, in 2003 Nigeria’s maternal death is about 800 per 100,000 live birth. It reduced to 545 per 100,000 live birth in 2008 but unfortunately in 2013, it increased to 576 per 100,000 live birth.

“This is an unfortunate incident. Who will ever like to see a woman who is supposed to bring life lose hers? No woman should be allowed to die while giving birth.

“It has been discovered that lack of life-saving drugs, inadequate healthcare providers and women not having access to health facility are major factors contributing to maternal death.

“Unfortunately, the North Eastern part of Nigeria is the worst hit in this issues because we are the one who provide the bigger number in terms of maternal death,” he said.

He therefore called for urgent attention in healthcare facilities to ensure that adequate medical services are given to mothers and babies, adding, “government can not do it alone; so all hands must be on deck to save pregnant women and new born babies.

He said that Mamaye E4A has set up a body known as Bauchi State Accountability Mechanism which is a coalition of Government, Civil Society Organisation and the Media to ensure that mothers and babies receive good healthcare services in all the healthcare centres across the state.