‘Maternal mortality remains static and high in Nigeria’

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Latest figures shows that maternal mortality rate is still very high in Nigeria

Nigeria’s National Centre for Women Development (NCWD) has decried the high maternal mortality rate in Nigeria in spite of numerous efforts. Speaking on at a two-day peer review meeting on a report of the 2016 update on maternal health indicators in Nigeria, NCWD’s acting director, Malam Sadeeq Omar, noted that the maternal deaths ratio was still 243 per a 100,000 live births.

The director said while it is difficult to collect data in Nigeria because most significant births and deaths occurred at home or outside health centres, a lot of factors still hindered women from accessing care.

“The barriers to accessing quality maternal health services are created by many factors including poverty, women’s limited access to education and income, nutritional problems and poor or non-existent transport, road and communications infrastructure in conflict or post- conflict situations,” he said.

Daily Trust reported the director listed other factors as “poor access to health services also mean virtually non- existent access to malaria, HIV treatment, prevention, care and support, modern contraception and skilled birth personnel at delivery.”

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