A new report launched in Abuja on Monday reveals 111 women still die daily In Nigeria during child birth the 2019 state of the World Report.
The UNFPA says Nigeria is responsible for 10 per cent of the global burden of maternal mortality.
The cause of death varies from woman to woman. Some result from infection, some hypertension, some excessive blood loss, and some “psychosocial distress”.
The United Nations Resident Coordinator in Nigeria, Mr Edward Kallon, at the official launch of UNFPA @50, [email protected], and official launch of the 2019 state of the World Report, total Fertility rate was still very high in many developing countries including Nigeria.
Mr Kallon who observed that worldwide, 800 women die from preventable causes during pregnancy and child birth every day, called for more commitment to the Programme of Action of the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) held in Cairo in 1994.
“The 1994 International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) in Cairo was a milestone in the history of population and development, as well as in the history of women’s rights.”
“World population has grown from 3.6 billion in 1969 to 7.7 billion today (in Nigeria from 140.4 million in 2006 to 194 million in 2018 at a growth rate of 3.2%). Demographic trends are more diverse- aging in the developed world, youth bulge and underemployment in developing world. There is increase urbanization, mobility and displacement and threat of climate change among others.”
According to him there are still 214 million women who want to prevent pregnancy but are not using modern method of contraceptive.
In Nigeria one in four women who are in need of family planning services do not have access. Untold millions of women affected by war or disaster are cut off from reproductive health services.
“In North East Nigeria of 7.1 million affected, 2.3 girls and 1.6 women are in need services. Total Fertility rate is still very high in many developing countries (it is 5.5 in Nigeria”.
World population has grown from 3.6 billion in 1969 to 7.7 billion today (in Nigeria from 140.4 million in 2006 to 194 million in 2018 at a growth rate of 3.2%). Demographic trends are more diverse-
He therefore called for full implementation of the ICPD Programme of Action in Nigeria because of its link to Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The Permanent Secretary Ministry of Budget and National Planning, who was represented by the Director International Cooperation, Mrs Elizabeth Egharevba, said there was the need for women to be empowered to be able to make reproductive choices.
“This will aid them in making better choices regarding their health”There need to eliminate the barrier that prevent women from exhibiting their Reproductive right.”
On his part,the Chief Executive Officer, Association of Reproductive and Family Health President , Professor Ladapo Ladipo pointed out that Nigeria has recorded an increase to reproductive health services,
According to professor Ladipo ‘”So many women in the rural area cannot access the basic health care services in the community, and such do not have access to information that will enable them to make right decisions regarding their reproductive health services.”
“More investment should be done for women and girls, especially in the area of Reproductive health services, more ground need to be covered.