Experts in the health sector at a National Dialogue for ending preventable maternal mortality have called for state of emergency to end maternal deaths in the country.
At the event in Abuja,the chairperson,board of trustees,White Ribbon Alliance,Nigeria,Dr Nanna Chidi-Emmanuel said there was the need for social, political will and collective efforts to end preventable maternal mortality in Nigeria.
The chairperson called for multi-sectoral approach,ownership and community engagement to end the trend.
“From our respective expertise and perspectives, we have a critical view on the most pressing problems and solutions for addressing maternal mortality, outside of the known package of clinical interventions and measurements at health facility level.”
“This dialogue provides us an opportunity to reflect, to discuss and debate, and to identify opportunities to look beyond the health system but also explore social, political, and economic determinants of health to accelerate our collective efforts to end preventable maternal mortality in Nigeria.”
The President, Association for Reproductive and Family Health, Professor Oladapo Ladipo observed that the number of women dying from pregnancy and childbirth complications every year in Nigeria was becoming worrisome.
“It is shameful that Nigeria still contributes significantly to global maternal death figure. We estimate that we are losing more mothers annually, through pregnancy, childbirth and post-partum complications,” .
“Without any doubt, there is a great rationale for all hands to be on deck to ensure that our mothers do not die unnecessarily,”we need the federal,state and local governments to come up with plans and programmes.”
On his part,the Niger state commissioner for health, Dr. Mohammed Makusidi said presently the state was rated one of the worse in maternal health, in the country.
Dr Makusidi said some of the challenges militating against improvement of maternal health in the state include ,the terrain large mass area and insecurity.
Five years ago, the World Health Organisation (WHO) released strategies towards Ending Preventable Maternal Mortality(EPMM).