Health experts at the launch of the “Make Naija Stronger” campaign in Lagos on Monday painted a pathetic picture of the state of healthcare in Nigeria and unanimously agreed that the country has no public health system.
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The National Demographic Health survey conducted in 2011 reveals that 535,900 women die in pregnancy or child birth, 95 per cent of which is in Asia and Africa. A breakdown of this statistics shows that Asia has 45 per cent, while Africa is responsible for 50 per cent of the maternal deaths.
Jankasa is a rural community that lies between Kajuru and Chikun Local Government Area of Kaduna State.
GOVERNOR Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos state has been commended for giving priority to the health sector in the 2016 budgetary allocation of the State.
The Enugu State Government has urged mothers, guardians and care-givers to take advantage of the state’s free maternal and infant healthcare scheme.
Dr Okechukwu Ossai, the Director of Public Health in the state Ministry of Health, gave the advice in an interview to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Thursday in Enugu.
In the northern part of the country, locally trained traditional birth attendants may have assumed an ‘indispensable’ type of status and reckoning.
Some women who spoke on the issue said they prefer traditional birth attendants because they cannot imagine themselves going to the hospital where they may have to expose their bodies to male medical workers.
Residents of Jankasa community, a village in Northern Nigeria have decried absence of health facility in their community, saying they travel 15KM to get access.
The National Assembly yesterday declared its support for a report by the National Institute Legislative Studies (NILS), requesting for special funding for maternal and child health in the 2017 budget.
At a joint session of the Senate and House of Representatives yesterday, the lawmakers advised the Federal to earmark funds for the training of healthcare workers across the country as means of improving health care services in Nigeria.
In a matter of days, as promised by the senate president, the breakdown of the amended 2016 appropriated bill will be made public. This will include details of how the N257 billion health allocation will be spent, the exact amount set aside for maternal, new born and child health and how adequate this will be for the task of protecting the rights to health and life of women and children in the country.
With 576 dying out of every 100,000 pregnant women in Nigeria due to birth complications, MTN Foundation, MTNF, is renovating 24 hospitals across six states under its MTNF Maternal Ward Support Project.