Written by Williams ABAH

Nigerian govt launches new platform to reduce maternal mortality

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As part of effort to reduce maternal mortality rate in the country,the

federal government has launched the Nigeria reproductive Maternal and
Newborn. A new platform to reduce maternal mortality rate in the
Minister of health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire lamented that the country’s
health indices are poor and totally unacceptable.
The platform seeks to improve the well-being of women, children,
adolescents and elderly in Nigeria. Ehanire stated this while speaking
at the launch of the program in Abuja.He said the challenges of the
country’s health system are multidimensional and require an
integrated, multi-sectoral approach.

Ehanire noted that investment in the health of women and children will
support the overall socio-economic development of the country. In his
“Our health indices are unacceptably poor and there are emerging
issues around gender, public health emergencies and, most recently,
the COVID-19 pandemic,” he said.

According to him,maternal mortality ratio of 512 per 1000 live births,
Under-five mortality rate of 132 per 1000 live births and neonatal
mortality rate of 39 per 1000 live births has been on record. It was
gathered that the 2019 report by the United Nation’s Children Funds
UNICEF,shows that Nigeria is the world’s number one contributor to
deaths of children under the age of five.

It said Nigeria recorded an estimated average of 858,000 under-five
deaths in 2019.The data which covered a period of three decades –1990
to 2019 – showed that 49 per cent of all under-five deaths in 2019
occurred in just five countries,Nigeria,India, Pakistan,the Democratic
Republic of Congo and Ethiopia.

In his remarks, the World Health Organisation,WHO, Country
representative, Walter Mulombo, said the development shows the
commitment and hope that Nigeria will be among the countries who will
be able to reduce women and child mortality by 2030.
He noted that Nigeria is very instrumental to developing WHO’s 13th
General Programme of Work.
Mulombo appreciated the level of commitment from the governors of the
states. He assured the government of WHO’s continual support to the
government, the state governors, to make sure that together they meet
the target and overcome the current challenges at hand.

On his part, the Coordinator of Africa Health Budget Network AHBN,
Aminu Magashi,said he was committed to engage and provide technical
support to the improvement of the platform. In his words,"We happily
welcome the emergence of the Nigeria Partnership Coordination
Platform. We commit to engage and continue to provide technical
support to the platform in domestic resource mobilization, efficient
budgetary release, budget performance, and accountability aimed at
galvanizing collective actions and positive health outcomes for in
Nigeria,” he said.






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