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.
The Nutrition Society of Nigeria (NSN) says mothers in isolation should be encouraged to express breastmilk for their babies to be fed.
According to the organisation, this is to ensure that the baby is well nourished even while the mother receives care while receiving treatment and recovering from COVID-19 .
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that expressing milk means to squeeze milk from breast, put in a container or bottle for feeding without putting the baby directly to breast.
To reduce maternal and child mortality, family planning has been identified as the most cost-effective means to improve the health of mothers in Nigeria.
The Zonal Coordinator, Nationwide Family Planning Campaign, Adeniji Raji made the remark at its inaugural meeting held in Lagos.
Raji said family planning helps people to have the desired number of children, which can lead to improved health of mothers and contribute to the nation’s social and economic development.
ABUJA – “I had all my children at home with the assistance of traditional birth attendants (TBAs). Luckily, there were no complications, and so I am alive with my children. However, many women in this community who developed complications and died during childbirth were buried with their children, dead or alive,” said a nursing mother, Hajia Hassan.
DEVCOMS led a team of Journalist on an investigative trip to Irede community, Abule Osun in Lagos State where it was discovered that residents of Irede community are in quandry.
They have continually agonised over the inaccessibility and unavailability of qualitative healthcare services in their area. The riverine communities inhabited by over 10,000 people have witnessed recurrent loss of lives, notably among pregnant women and the elderly people in the communities as a result of lack of reliable health services.
Regular passers-by at the Costain Bus Stop in Lagos knew Mrs. Adiza Umoru as a beggar who solicited for alms with her twin girls, barely two years old. No one knew her name in the area but her shabby dressing and gloomy countenance were suggestive that she was facing hard times.
In the scorching sun, amidst the awful din that characterises the streets of Lagos, the twin girls could be seen drooping or sleeping in an uncomfortable condition that even an adult would struggle to bear.
Nigeria accounts for more than a quarter of all new Human Immuno-deficiency Virus (HIV) infections among children globally and only half of pregnant women living with the virus are tested for the disease.
A new report by the Joint United Nations Programme on AIDS (UNAIDS) titled “Get on the fast track: The life-cycle approach to HIV” published yesterday noted that testing remains a major issue.