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The Coordinator of the Sultan Foundation for Peace and Development and Emir of Argugungu, Alhaji Samaila Muhammad Mera, has urged governments at all levels to increase efforts in curtailing maternal mortality in Nigeria. He made the call in Kaduna after a one-day review meeting with the Northern Traditional Leaders Committee on Ending Violence against Women and Girls in Northern Nigeria organized by the foundation in conjunction with the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).
As Nigeria joins the rest of the world to observe the World Contraception Day, experts have called for urgent action on unwanted and underage pregnancies to check the rising rate of unsafe abortion in the country.
They gave the warning in a statement jointly issued on Wednesday.
The Programme Director of Development Communications Network (Devcoms), Akin Jimoh, noted that the majority of young people in Nigeria are not empowered with quality information to make informed decisions about their reproductive health.
“It’s Your Life, It’s Your Responsibility’’ is the theme for the 2019 World Contraception Day, aimed to promote the health and welfare of the entire family and in turn the whole community, nation and the world.
World Contraception Day is an annual event commemorated to improve awareness of all contraceptive methods available, and also encourage young people to make informed choices on their sexual and reproductive health.
The health and wealth of a nation depends on the Nigerian woman. Women’s education is key to addressing maternal mortality.”
These were the words of the Chairman, Committee of wives of Lagos State Officials (COWLSO) and wife of the Lagos State governor, Dr. Ibijoke Sanwo-Olu COWLSO’s 19th National Women’s Conference held at the Eko Hotels and Suites.
The theme of this year’s conference is: “Unlearn, Learn and Relearn: 21st Century Women’s T.H.E.M.E.S Perspectives/Approach.”
The First lady of Lagos State, Mrs Ibijoke Sanwoolu, received entourage from the Public Health Sustainable Advocacy Initiative (PHSAI) in an advocacy visit.
According to PHSAI, the visit was to advocate for ways to improve Sexual and Reproductive Health of young people in the state and also recognize the works of the first lady in promoting public health having served as Medical Director in Shomolu General Hospital, Lagos.
No fewer than 42 per cent of women in Ghana, Guinea, Myanmar and Nigeria, suffer physical or verbal abuse, stigma or discrimination during childbirth.
According to new evidence from a World Health Organisation (WHO)-led study, published October 9, 2019 in the journal Lancet, more than one-third of women in the four lower-income countries experienced mistreatment during childbirth in health facilities.
Millions of children's lives are being "cut short" because countries are failing to tackle health inequality, research has found.
A major barrier to accessing family planning commodities in the country is the out-of-pocket cost of consumables, especially at the local government supported primary healthcare centres (PHCs). But increasing budget lines for family planning as well their timely release would make needed services more accessible. APPOLONIA ADEYEMI
Living in Nigeria with a growing population estimated at 198 million by the National Population Commission (NpopC), it is common to hear about advocacy groups promoting the use of family planning to curb the exponential population.
Development Communications Network, a media support organization with resources to help journalists in reporting science, public health and social sector issues, has on Thursday called for support and empowerment, to give the girl child financial independence to reach her full potential.