Eniola Akinkuotu, Abuja
The Association for the Advancement of Family Planning says 90 per cent of women in northern Nigeria give birth to their babies at home.
The Chairman, Board of Trustees, AAFP, Sani Jabbi, said this while addressing journalists at the PACFAH champions alumni association’s interactive forum on health budget performance in Abuja.
Jabbi said the major cause of the high maternal and infant mortality in the North was inadequate health facilities.
He said, “In most of the northern states, if you go by the national demographic and health survey, almost 90 per cent of the women there deliver babies at home. Why do women choose to do that? And does the fact that women deliver at home imply that we will leave them to die?”
Jabbi did not state the major reason for the phenomenon but added that even in the hospitals, there were not enough drugs or experienced personnel.
He said there was an urgent need for the federal and state governments to abide by the Abuja Declaration of 2001 which is an agreement entered into by all African countries to ensure that at least 15 per cent of their annual budgets go into the health sector.
He added, “Maternal and child care are very important. This is a basic human right. Most of the challenges are associated with preventive care. We need the government to commit to the Abuja Declaration.
“One of the major causes of maternal mortality is inadequate health resources. The leading cause of the maternal death is postpartum bleeding. In northern Nigeria, research by the Department of Population and Reproductive Health at the Ahmadu Bello University noted that in hot environments, one of the commodities for the prevention of postpartum bleeding is Misoprostol.”
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