Family planning, solution to maternal, infant mortality
By Kashimana Michael-Ejegwa
The Country Director, Jhpiego Nigeria, Prof. Emmanuel Otolorin, has described family planning as the key to the solution to maternal and infant mortality.
Speaking at a media chat organized by Mamaye, an NGO, in Abuja, yesterday, he said family planning alone could stop 40% of maternal mortality in the country, adding that Nigeria contributes 40,000 of global maternal deaths annually.
Otolorin stressed the need for government to control the fast growing population, saying failure to manage the population portends grievous consequences.
“Statistics have shown that annually, 85% of women who get pregnant globally are most likely to have safe delivery, while 15% are likely to experience complications that could lead to death. What makes the difference depends on where the woman finds herself at the time of crisis. Most women in Nigeria find themselves at home or PHCs with inadequate facilities, faced with life threatening consequences,” he said.
Dr. Jennifer Anyanti, the Chief Strategist Technical Officer, Society for Family Health(SFH), said many hide under the guise of religion to avoid family planning, thereby endangering the health of the mother and the new born.
“Religion is not against family planning, every religion supports child spacing, it’s purely a problem of religious misconception,” she said.