Health ministers from West Africa meet to address maternal mortality

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

A meeting of health ministers from ECOWAS member countries has kicked off in Abuja.
The meeting, which is held annually, is organised by the West African Health Organisation (WAHO).
Speaking with journalists at the ECOWAS secretariat on Tuesday, Kofi Busai, director of primary health at WAHO, said this year’s meeting is looking at ways to reducing maternal mortality in the region.
Nigeria currently has an alarming incidence of maternal mortality. According to the United Nations Population Fund (UNPFA), Nigeria is responsible for 10 percent of the global burden of maternal mortality. It is estimated that 111 Nigerian women die during childbirth daily.