THE Country Representative of the United Nations (UN) Population Fund in Nigeria (UNFPA Nigeria), Ulla Mueller, recently bemoaned Nigeria’s high maternal mortality rate which is rated at the third highest in the world. According to her, discrimination and gender-based violence limited access to healthcare and education, while unequal economic opportunities impeded women and girls’ progress.
The Optimized Maternal Newborn campaign in Cross River state, supported by UNICEF, aims to improve maternal and child health through essential services and supplies, targeting a significant number of pregnant women and children to reduce mortality rates.
Ijeoma Onuoha-Ogwe, Communication Officer, UNICEF Nigeria
By Usman Aliyu
Stakeholders have appealed to federal government to allocate 70 per cent of health budget , specifically targeting Primary Health Care (PHC) in the 774 local government areas across the country.
SOLACEBASE reports that the aim of this allocation is to enhance maternal and child health care.
Stakeholders in the health sector have stressed the need for the federal and state governments to give 70 percent of budgetary allocation in the health sector to the primary healthcare sub- sector (PHC).
The stakeholders made this recommendation at the end of a one- day town hall meeting on improving primary healthcare through accountability in Ilorin, Kwara State.
In Bauchi State, the burden of maternal and child deaths is quite huge as can be seen in all relevant surveys and studies carried out in the National Demographic Health Survey (NDHS) 2018 and Maternal, Perinatal and Child Deaths Surveillance Response (MICS) 2021. This development is a cause for concern, considering the importance of family health as well as the initiatives of achieving Universal Health Coverage (UHC).
Yobe state Primary Healthcare Management Board (YPHCMB) in collaboration with Family Health International(Fhi360)Alive and Thrive, Monday, organised a three-day residential refresher training of trainers on Maternal Infant and Young Child Nutrition (MIYCN) in Yobe state.
The 3-day residential refresher training took place at Olive Petals Hotel along Gujba Road in Damaturu, Yobe state.
For too long, Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights (SRHR) have been sidelined, forgotten from public health and development policies simply because they are imprisoned in a taboo. So many mysteries surrounding these rights, which are all as important as the right to education, the right to vote, the right to equality between men and women, the right to freedom of expression, etc.
Ekiti state governor, Biodun Oyebanji on Monday presented a cheque of N4.6 million to each of the 177 Primary Health Care (PHCs) facilities across the state to ensure affordable and quality healthcare services at the grassroots.
Oyebanji who spoke during the flag-off of the program tagged, ‘ Impact Project ‘ supported by the World Bank noted that the project represented the commitment of his administration to the provision of quality healthcare services to the people.
By Modupe Gbadeyanka
A new tool that shows decision-makers how quickly expectant mothers can access emergency obstetric care in Nigeria has been introduced by Google.
This is expected to improve access to emergency maternal care in Nigeria seamlessly as the government and other stakeholders would have used the tool to know where to put healthcare facilities for easy access.