Because maternal mortality in Nigeria is one of the highest in the world.
Nigeria is one of the countries with the highest maternal mortality rate in the world, where it accounts for about 20% of global maternal mortality. In this report, the Daily Trust examines some of the factors responsible for this ugly trend.
The maternal mortality rate (MMR) in several low- and middle-income countries is alarming: about 34% of all maternal deaths in the world occur only in Nigeria and India.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), Nigeria’s MMR is 814 deaths (per 100,000 live births).
The lifetime risk of death for a Nigerian woman during pregnancy, childbirth, postpartum or post-abortion is one in 22, as opposed to the lifetime risk in developed countries, which is estimated at 1 in 4900.
It is also said that Nigerian women are 500 times more likely to lose their lives in childbirth than most of the developed world.
The online edition Indexmundi estimates the maternal mortality rate in Nigeria at 917 deaths per 100,000 live births.
Speaking about the rise in maternal mortality in the country, the Program and Communications Manager of the Resource Center for Human Rights and Civic Education told Armsfree Ajanaku, based on his experience as an organization that has worked to mitigate the devastating impact of the disaster on maternal and child health in Nigeria, they noted a number of factors contributing to this situation.
“First, ineffective governance of the primary health care sector is a serious problem.
“The situation where PHC, which should be the first point of contact for expectant mothers and babies, is not equipped to meet basic treatment needs, exposes a large number of mothers and babies to premature death,” he said.
He said they have situations, especially in rural areas, where basic equipment such as beds, thermometers and blood pressure monitors are not available in primary care, which leads to patients being treated without the correct readings.
Mr Ajanaku said many Nigerians in urban centers take some of these things for granted, but in the countryside, “it’s a luxury that’s hard to find.”
He called on the government and health stakeholders to scrutinize PHC activities and provide them with the space and human capital they need to function well so that pregnant women can access quality basic health care to reduce morbidity. maternal mortality is recorded annually.
As noted in many reports, many women in northern Nigeria die from pregnancy-related complications.
It is believed that this is due to the inaccessibility of medical facilities for expectant mothers, which can be explained by many reasons.
Poverty, early marriage are important factors in Kano
In 2020, the Daily Trust unveiled a group of women in the Gwamaja area of Kano State who identified some of these issues around them.
The women, led by a certain Hajia Amina Tanko, previously identified poverty as the main problem among them.
“The women and their relatives simply didn’t have the money to invest in antenatal care or safe delivery in reputable hospitals.
“Among us, some died in childbirth or their children will die, because some husbands will say that they have no money to take them to the hospital, so we had to do something to help our parishioners so that no one dies anyway. “, – said Hajiya Tanko.
A Nigerian is classified as poor if he lives on less than $ 1 a day, which is around N400.
Source: – Daily Trust