Civil Societies Organisation News
n a bid to stem maternal mortality rate, the Committee of Wives of Lagos State Official, COWLSO, has donated an Intensive Care Unit, ICU to the Lagos Island Maternity Hospital and Neo-natal hearing screening equipment to four General Hospitals in the state.
The General Hospitals are Gbagada, Ifako-Ijaiye, Ikorodu and Badagry. The equipment were donated on Wednesday at the officials commissioning of the ICU at the Lagos Island Maternity Hospital on Lagos Island, Lagos, Southwest Nigeria.
UN Secretary-General António Guterres has appointed Dr Natalia Kanem, a Panamanian, as the fifth Executive Director of UN Population Fund (UNFPA) according to a statement.
The statement by Mrs Kori Habib, the Media Associate of UNFPA Nigeria on Wednesday in Abuja, stated that “Kanem holds the rank of UN Under-Secretary-General.”
The Government of Finland has expressed its readiness to partner Nigeria in providing free maternity packages to expectant mothers.
Ambassador of Finland to Nigeria, Pirjo Suomela-Chowdhury, disclosed this when White Ribbon Alliance Nigeria (WRAN) Special Envoy for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health and Nollywood actor, Mr. Jim Iyke paid her a courtesy visit in Abuja.
The ambassador stated that the gesture has helped Finland achieve one of the world’s lowest infant mortality rates.
The Nasarawa State House of Assembly on Sunday, says it will enact a law to give family planning programmes full legal backing in the state to effectively tackle maternal mortality.
Alhaji Mohammed Opkede (PDP-Doma North), Chairman, House Committee on Health, disclosed this in Akwanga at the end of 3-day workshop on “Development of the Nasarawa State Costed Implementation plan for Family Planning.”
The 10th Civil Society-Media with the theme, Overcoming the Effect of Maternal Health Challenges during Recession in Nigeria organized by Development Communications Network, DEVCOMS, was held on Tuesday, December 13th at the Spring Park Resort Limited in Lagos state in bridging the gap about accountability and demand for quality maternal health service in Nigeria.
By Yemi Oluwadare
The Rotary International Polio Ambassador to Nigeria, Sir EmekaOffor has urged Rotarians in the country not to relent in the fight against Poliovirus.
Sir Offor who spoke at an event organised by Rotary District 9140 to celebrate the World Polio Day in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, charged the rotarians to “stay vigilant in the fight against polio,” insisting that the disease must be defeated.
Saving Mothers, Giving Life Initiative has concluded a week-long, global team-building meeting sponsored by the United States Agency for International Development in Calabar, Cross River State.
The five-year, $18m US government initiative is a public-private partnership that addresses the three primary delays associated with maternal and newborn health: the delay in seeking services, the delay in reaching care, and the delay in receiving high-quality care at a health facility.
About 40,000 women and 241,000 newborns die in the country annually from pregnancy and other related complications.
Lack of family planning was also said to have accounted for 610,000 abortions, a rate of 25 abortions per 1000 women aged 15 – 44.
A professor of obstetrics and gnaecology, and Country Director, JHpiego Corporation, Prof Emmanuel Otolorin, made the disclosure at the weekend during at a Family Planning Media Roundtable in Abuja.
By Lekan Sote
At a recent press briefing by a collective of health-oriented Non-Government Organisations, under the aegis of Partnership for Advocacy in Child and Family Health, fearful details about the status of the health care delivery system of Nigeria were revealed.
One came away from the encounter with the fear that the Nigerian state was waging an undeclared biological warfare, a war of attrition, against its people; that the right of Nigerians to life was being threatened through the wilful negligence of the Nigerian state!