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UK-based Don Rates Niger High In Maternal, Neonatal Care

Tuesday, January 18, 2022

A professor of medical engineering technology at Imperial College London, United Kingdom (UK), Prof Hippolite Amadi has rated Niger State high in maternal and neonatal care.
He expressed delight at the state’s special care for the baby unit at the Jummai Babangida Maternal and Neonatal Hospital Minna, saying that it is one of the best in Nigeria.
Amadi stated this shortly after an assessment tour of the unit with journalists to see the equipment installed and the services being rendered by the unit.

More women accepting family planning to prevent maternal deaths – Niger govt

Thursday, January 13, 2022

No fewer than three hundred and sixty-six thousand, four hundred and thirty-nine( 366, 439) persons used various family planning-FP methods in Niger State in 2021.
The State Family Planning Coordinator, Nurse Dorcas Talatu stated this in an interview in Minna.
She recalled that the first outbreak of COVID-19 in the country in February 2020, affected various spheres including the health sector negatively, explaining that the lockdown, occasioned by the pandemic in 2020, prevented clients from accessing FP commodities.

Fact-checking claims on maternal deaths and abortion in Nigeria

Thursday, January 13, 2022

Nigeria is second only to China for maternal mortality, leading gynaecologist Prof Friday Okonofua recently claimed. 
According to the Nation, a daily newspaper, Okonofua was speaking at a news conference in Benin, southern Nigeria in December 2021. He heads the World Bank-backed Centre of Excellence in Reproductive Health Innovation at the University of Benin.

Delta records decrease in perinatal, maternal deaths

Thursday, January 13, 2022

Delta State has recorded a decrease in maternal and perinatal deaths across the state, according to the latest surveillance and response report launched by the state’s ministry of health.
The report indicated a reduction in maternal deaths from 264 per 100,000 live births in 2018 to 184 deaths in 2020.
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Kano Targets 3.6m Children for Immunisation

Tuesday, January 11, 2022

Kano State Governor, Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje has stated that over 3.6 million children would be immunised against polio virus in the Maternal Newborn and Child Health Week (MNCHW) January campaign.
According to him, the MNCHW would be conducted alongside the Outbreak Response exercise (OBR1), adding that immunisation personnel would go house to house to vaccinate children below five years against poliovirus.

Nigeria: Despite Discriminatory Family Planning Services, Unmarried Nigerian Women Continue to Seek Modern Contraception

Thursday, January 6, 2022

Against practice standards, Nigerian health workers, especially in public health institutions, ascertain the marital status of women to decide whether or not to give them contraception.
In 2019, Adesuwa (not her real name) made her way to a maternity centre, the only government-owned health facility around Aduloju/Bodija area of Ibadan, Oyo State, to get a contraceptive as she wanted a stronger conviction beyond condoms and calculating safe periods.

Family Planning For Better Living

Sunday, January 2, 2022

The ongoing focus at the national level on family planning and population control in Nigeria could not have come at a more audacious time. In one or two decades from now, Nigeria will become the third most populous country, coming after China and India. And already, there is a big strain on the family regarding living condition, state of health, educational placements, job opportunities, child mortality and related issues. Population can be an asset, if it is in harmony with developmental goals; just as it can be a liability if it is not reconciled with resources and work opportunities.

‘How govt can improve health care of pregnant women’

Saturday, January 1, 2022

Adesua Oni is a registered nurse and midwife. In this interview by ADEOLA OTEMADE, she discusses the issues facing pregnant women, the factors responsible for maternal mortality and how the government can provide a better health care system for the people.

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SFH supports Lagos, Kaduna to avert 17,871 unintended pregnancies

Wednesday, December 1, 2021

In the News: Nigeria has a rapidly growing population, with current population estimates at over 200 million, out of which about 46 million are women of reproductive age. With a total fertility rate of 5.3, Nigeria’s population is likely to hit 400 million by 2050, becoming the fourth most populous country on earth.
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Health 45 million women lack access to family planning, sexual reproductive health services – Effiom

Tuesday, November 30, 2021

#INTHENEWS: About 45 million women of child bearing age lack access to family planning and sexual reproductive health services in the country, an international Non-Governmental Organisation, Marie Stopes Nigeria, has said.