According to the World Health Organization (WHO), Nigeria accounts for over 34% of global maternal deaths. The lifetime risk of dying during pregnancy, childbirth, postpartum, or after an abortion for a Nigerian woman is 1 in 22, compared to 1 in 4900 in developed countries. Preventing maternal mortality and improving the maternal health of Nigerian women needs a multifaceted undertaking. The combined effort can be accomplished through the collective efforts of health care providers, members of society, and the government as a whole.
It was the death in childbirth of a dear friend that spurred Adepeju Jaiyeoba, then a young lawyer in Lagos, Nigeria, to take action. It was 2011, and 978 out of every 100,000 Nigerian women — 40,000 a year — were dying from complications during childbirth. Recalling her friend recently, Jaiyeoba said: “She was educated, she had access to one of the best health care facilities in Nigeria, she was informed and was also financially empowered. . . .
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.
#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.
Dr Rosemary Ogu, former President of Medical Women Association of Nigeria (MWAN) on Thursday said that the statistics of maternal mortality rate in Nigeria was alarming.
Ogu stated this in Port Harcourt at a 3-day workshop organised by World Federation Societies of Anesthetist (WFSA) in collaboration with the Medical Women Association of Nigeria (MWAN) with the theme: “Safer Anesthesia From Education (SAFE)”.