Forty-four days long gone since the needless death of Mrs Omowunmi Shonuga and her baby from child birth-related complication at Alimosho General Hospital. Since then up till now, 4,796 more women have also died from pregnancy or child birth-related issues in Nigeria, going by the recent National Demographic Health Survey statistics for maternal death (36,000 deaths per year).
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UNICEF representative in Nigeria Ms. Jim Bolken told federal legislators last week that five women die hourly at childbirth in the country. This sad news only confirmed what has been an abiding part of health care in the country. At present, a woman’s chance of dying at childbirth is 1 in 13.
The World Health Organisation’s (WHO) 2014 report has stated that the maternal mortality rate in Nigeria is 560 deaths per 100,000 live births and one-third of all global maternal deaths are concentrated in two populous countries which includes Nigeria, after India.
Abuja — In a bid to assess Nigeria's performance in its services towards curbing the menace of maternal mortality and paving a way forward, it has been revealed that the country has not performed well as expected.