The wife of Nigeria’s President, Hajiya Aisha Buhari has expressed dismay over high maternal mortality in the country which has seen 900,000 mothers and children dying each year.
She made the assertion at a two-day workshop to strengthen Governors Wives to Advocate for Reproductive Maternal Newborn Child Adolescent Health and Nutrition (RMNCAH+N)
Mrs Buhari who was represented by the wife of the Vice President, Mrs Dolapo Osinbajo said Maternal Mortality is caused by life threatening conditions like hemorrhage, infection, unsafe abortion obstructed labour and hypertension is on the increases and must be address immediately.
She further stated that the main causes of child mortality includes preventable diseases such as malaria, pneumonia, diarrhea and malnutrition.
Mrs Buhari added that good nutrition is key to improving health and development of individuals and promoting economic development.
“However, a large number of our children aren’t growing as well as they ought to and enormous amounts of money lost due to not breasting.
“Sadly, most of these deaths are from preventable causes influenced by a number of factors. Social factors -62% of births in Nigeria occur at home, there is low contraceptive prevalence rate and contraception has been proven to reduce maternal mortality by 44%.Poor maternal nutrition, low rate of Maternal Autonomy and poor male involvement and support for reproductive health issues.” She said
Speaking to newsmen, the Advocacy and communication officer to the wife of the president pet project “FUTURE ASSURED” Mrs Theresa Maina said the wives of the governors in Nigeria are key factors to correct the rising maternal mortality rate in the country.
According to her, if the wives of the governors are empowered, they will help in sensitizing their people on best practices and that is the reason for the workshop which she said will also be held at other geopolitical zone.
In her remarks, a participant from Sokoto State, Amina Abdu Gusau said women are the managers of the home hence, they need to be equipped with information to tackle maternal mortality problems.
Amina who is the Director Community Health Services in Sokoto State, said the project of Hajiya Aisha Buhari came at the right time because it will go a long way in enlightening and educating the women on how to reduce the maternal mortality rate.