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Who Tasks FG On Safe Delivery

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The World Health Organisation (WHO) on Thursday urged the Federal Government to invest in cost-effective intervention programmes that could make child birth safe for every woman.

The WHO Country Representative to Nigeria, Dr Ruiz Vaz, made the call in Abuja when he addressed newsmen as part of activities to commemorate the 2014 Safe Motherhood Day.

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``Making motherhood and subsequently child birth safer requires adequate skilled midwives and doctors, quality infrastructure and services as well as removal of any barrier that contributes to maternal and neonatal mortality.

``Despite the reporting slowly declining, maternal mortality, child birth is still not safe. The majority of our women are still delivering at home and in non-public health facilities.

``This requires us to understand what can be done in order to continue to ensure that they can come to the public facilities.

``Upon assessment, we see that we still need to invest in cost-effective interventions that can make child birth safe for every mother and baby. Skilled attendance at birth is still a must and quality service, a cardinal.’’

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Vaz pledged that the WHO would support the Federal Ministry of Health in ensuring that there were enabling policies, strategies and guideline to facilitate safe motherhood in Nigeria.

Also speaking, the Minister of Health, Prof. Onyebuchi Chukwu, said the Federal Government had intensified efforts to reduce maternal mortality nationwide.

He said some of the efforts included the availability of free family planning contraceptives at public hospitals.

Chukwu said the Federal Government also contributed three million dollars for the procurement of contraceptive commodities in 2011, adding that similar provision had been made for another three years.

``This will address the critical gaps and barriers that currently exist and limit the supply and demand for the priority commodities,’’ he said.

The minister advised traditional birth attendants not to handle delivery but encourage pregnant women to deliver in health facilities because of complication that might arise during child birth.

Chukwu said universal health coverage was another strategy put in place to ensure that pregnant women had access to quality health care service.

Article Credit: Nanngronline

Updated 4 Years ago

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