Nigeria’s former Minister of Health, Professor Adenike Grange has blamed the Nigerian governments at all levels for the poor health care delivery system in the country.
Delivering a keynote speech at the 19th Professor Bassey Andah Memorial Lecture at weekend, Professor Grange said short life expectancy caused by high infant and maternal mortality rate is one of the major challenges facing the country’s healthcare delivery system.
Lamenting the increasing rate of maternal mortality in the country, Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, has described pregnancy and child birthing greatest occupational hazard in Nigeria.
Addressing journalists in Ibadan at a strategy meeting organised by the Network of Reproductive Health Journalists in Nigeria (NRHJN), Adewole said that a nation must attach priority to women and children, adding that 30 percent of Nigeria’s Maternal Mortality Rate (MMR) can be prevented by Family Planning (FP).
The popular perception of most Northern states in Nigeria is that of poverty. “In 19 northern states of Nigeria, human development indices showed they are by far poorer than other parts of the country,” Vice President Yemi Osinbajo said in 2015.
And with poverty comes an avalanche of social problems, including a poor health system. But one state, Katsina, is proving the bookmakers wrong, judging from the recent developments in the state’s health sector.
The Yusra Peace Care Foundation, an NGO, has called for the construction of delivery rooms in Durumi IDPs camp in FCT to reduce the risk of maternal and child mortality.
Dr Fahad Muhammed, who is in charge of the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) clinic, made the call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja on Friday.
A new report presented by the Women Advocates Research and Documentation Centre (WARDC) and Centre for Reproductive Rights (CRR) have flayed widespread detention of women who cannot pay medical bills upon delivery.
The report also indicated that the Federal Government has not done much to reduce the high maternal mortality rate from 2008 to date.
Fatimah Isah, from Gwiwa LGA of Jigawa state bled to death following pregnancy complications.
Fatima was unable to access quality healthcare during pregnancy and delivery.
As a teenager, she suffered pre-eclampsia and eclampsia, no thanks to pro-longed labour. Fatima developed the condition as a result of labour that lasted for two weeks.
Professor Oluwarotimi Ireti Akinola, is a Professor of Obstetrics & Gynaecology and current National President, Society of Gynaecology and Obstetrics of Nigeria, SOGON.
During the Annual General Meeting of the Society in Sokoto, Akinola spoke to Good Health Weekly about fortunes of SOGON while stressing the need for repositioning of policies that would bring about better maternal and child health in Nigeria. Excerpts:
When Helen discovered she was pregnant, she was excited to welcome a new life, but her hopes took a crashing turn when she had a miscarriage weeks later.
After all the tests, she continued to bleed, and was admitted to the ICU for post partum sepsis along with an infection in her uterus.
“I was really sick and needed to have three D&Cs done and it took a while for me to overcome the shock of sepsis. I was one of the lucky ones who made it but I’m still losing weight,” she told Good Health Weekly.