Mrs Sakinat Azeez will not forget in a hurry her experience with her husband the first time she tried to initiate a discussion about family planning. Sakinat said the encounter was discouraging and scary. She narrated her encounter with Good Health Weekly at one of the Primary Health Centres in Ijora.
More than 30 expecting mothers are admitted to Mother and Child Hospital, a small maternity clinic in Ado Ekiti located in southwest Nigeria, every day. The hospital specializes in maternity services, ranging from antenatal to postnatal care; services that are often unscheduled and required at all hours of the night.
West Africa World Health Organisation, WAHO, has started to address early warning systems aimed at tackling stock-out of contraceptives and ensure uninterrupted access by users across West Africa including Nigeria.
Following public outrage, the Minister of Labour, Dr Chris Ngige has walked back on his dismissive statement that the rate at which Nigerian doctors emigrate is a positive development for the country. “We have a surplus…If you have a surplus, you export…They (doctors) go out, sharpen their skills, earn money and send them back home here. We have foreign exchange earnings from them. Indians are doing it,” Ngige had said while responding to a question on Channels Television last week.
Dr Betta Edu, Director General, Primary Health Care Development Agency, Cross River State, has said that communal clashes in some parts of the state were hindering full immunisation coverage.
Edu said this in an interview with News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Saturday in Calabar while commemorating the World Immunisation and Africa Vaccination Week.
The Week, with its 2019 theme “Protected Together: Vaccine Work”, is celebrated in the last week of April with the aim of promoting the use of vaccines to protect people of all ages against vaccine-preventable diseases.
Lagos – When women and girls have access to contraception, fewer babies and mothers die. Around the world, millions of women can’t get the contraception they want.
Numerous studies show that the ability to plan pregnancy is directly and unequivocally linked to lower maternal mortality, lower infant and under-five mortality, lower mother-to-child transmission of HIV, and a whole host of improved health indicators.
In March 2018, Bill Gates took Nigeria’s economic planners to the cleaners. The world’s richest man and co-founder of the Bill/Melinda Gates Foundation listed Nigeria as one of the most dangerous places in the world to give birth. He stressed that one in every three children in Nigeria is chronically malnourished.
The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Sustainable Development Goals, Mrs Adejoke Orelope-Adefulire, has urged government and other stakeholders in the health sector to make available life-saving equipment to doctors in delivery theatres.
Exorbitant charges in Yusuf Dantsoho Memorial Hospital is forcing Kaduna women to shun antenatal, delivery and post-natal clinics as most of the women laments that they can hardly afford the fees being charged by the hospital.
However, the Kaduna State government announced that the antenatal care, ANC services to pregnant women in public facilities is free of charge, but pregnant women who patronise these facilities have been forced to pay exorbitant charges to have access to them.