Worried at the rate of deaths resulting from child birth, the federal government has inagurated a task force committee that will help conduct a rapid situation analysis and landscaping of maternal mortality in the country with a view of finding lasting solution towards curbing death among child birth giving women. The Minster of Health, Prof. Issac Adewole, while ingaurating members of the committee in Abuja on Tuesday, said the current statistics indicate that the nation’s marternal mortality ratio is 576 per 100,000 live births while neonatal mortality is 37 per 1000 live births lamenting that the situation has remained high despite efforts to reduce it.
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According to him, states with the worst maternal health indicators, using skilled birth attandance rare Asma proxy indicator are Sokoto,(5.4%), Zamfara(6.1%), Jigawa 7.6%),Kastina (7.7%), Kebbi(9.3%), and Yobe (10.2%) Kaduna and Oyo states will serve as a control role models. The health minister said, ” Currently,major causes of maternal mortality in Nigeria are haemorrhage 22%, hypertensive diseases 12%, infections 15%,obstructed labour 8%, unsafe abortion from 13% and indirect causes 20% with hypertension disorders and unsafe abortion assuming greater proportion.” The Minister added that government and the ministry in particular is committed to reduction of maternal mortality in line with the global United Nations Development goals. ” To achieve the DSG MMR target of 70 per 100,000 live births in ,2030, there is need to think outside the box and startegically chart a road map to strengthen the health system and drastically reduce the maternal mortality in Nigeria. Hence the initiatives by the ministry to inagurated a task force using the selected six states as a springboard to catalyst an accelerated reduction of maternal morality nationwide. The will among other purpose, make recommendations on the road map for the immediate mid term and long term reduction of maternal mortality, document any other recommendations that may strengthen the Nigeria health system with a view to improving maternal health nationwide. Members of the committee were drawn from reproductive division, Directors of relevant department in the federal ministry of health, representatives of development and implementing partners, non governmental organisations, civil society organisations and faith based Organizations. Earlier, the permanent secretary,ministry of Health, Mrs Binta Adamu Bello said efforts will continue to be committed toward promoting the health of Nigerian mothers through various startegies and intervention such as prioritisation of reproductive,maternal newborn,child, adolescent health and nutrition as a strategic pillar in the National health Plan.