Journalist Section

NotAgain Campaign: Raising Government Awareness on Maternal Health in Nigeria

Friday, December 22, 2017

Nigeria, a country of abundant resources and a leading role in African affairs, still struggles with one of the highest maternal mortality ratios worldwide. Although maternal deaths have declined globally since 1990, about 100 Nigerian women die each day while giving birth.
 
The vast disparity between the rich and the poor in the country contributes to the marginalization of the problem. Leaving the most vulnerable to a low provision of accessible healthcare and nutrition, the disparity has been reported to be the largest among 16 other African countries.
 

Checking the increasing rate of unsafe abortion

Thursday, January 18, 2018

WHEN Mildred Haruna (not real name) was raped during an armed robbery incident in her Lagos environ in 2005, she never imagined that events of that fateful night would haunt her for the rest of her life.
 
Soon after the traumatising incident, Mildred discovered that she was pregnant. Her grief further increased because even if she decided to keep the pregnancy, her mega salary could not sustain the baby. Also, the baby some day may be referred to as a bastard since he did not have a father.
 

Ex-minister blames goverment for poor health care system

Thursday, January 18, 2018

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.

Pregnancy, Birthing, Greatest Occupational Hazards In Nigeria- Adewole

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

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 Healthy State

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

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.
 

Katsina records 340 maternal deaths annually; Daura tops chart – Report

Thursday, December 21, 2017

This was contained in a report by the Maternal and Pre-Natal Death Surveillance and Response, MPDSR, committee presented at a one-day workshop convened by Katsina State Maternal and Newborn Health Accountability Mechanism Forum, KATSMAF, yesterday.
 
The report said the 340 deaths recorded among the reproductive women was generated from 18 facilities between January and September.
 
It said between January and September, of the total number of 21,302 births across 18 general hospitals in Katsina State, 340 deaths were recorded.
 

Prevent Avoidable Deaths through Public Health Institutions, Dame Okowa Charges Mothers

Sunday, December 17, 2017

Wife of the Delta State Governor, Dame Edith Okowa, has charged mothers and children to avail themselves of various Health Preventive Services provided by Public Health Institutions to address their health concerns and reduce avoidable deaths occasioned by preventable diseases.

 

Eradicating famale genital mutilation for better reproductive health

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Mrs Zainab Shola in her late twenties, will strike you as a happily married woman at first meeting. As a teenager in secondary, she discovered that the flow of her monthly periods was not consistent and she usually felt itchy and uncomfortable. Medical examinations showed that the scar she had as a result of the circumcision she had as a child.

 

 

Shola later discovered that she was unable to engage in sexual intercourse because of the scar and no penis could penetrate her vagina which made her scared of getting into any relationship.

NGO Advocates For Training Of Persons With Disabilities On Reproductive Health

Friday, December 15, 2017

Disability Journey Initiative, an NGO, has urged government, NGOs and stakeholders to train persons living with disabilities on their reproductive health needs to enable them to live productive lives.
 
The founder of the organisation, Mr Greg Simon, made the call in an interview with newsmen on Wednesday, in Abuja.
 
Simon said most people living with disabilities were ignorant of their reproductive health rights and needed to be educated, depending on the peculiarity of their disability.
 

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