Expert Raises Alarm over Increase in Maternal Mortality in  Nigeria

Expert Raises Alarm over Increase in Maternal Mortality in  Nigeria


By Alex Uangbaoje 

Maternal  Mortality rates in Nigeria has gone up to as high as 560 per hundred-thousand lives birth from the initial 457, an International expert Dr. Ejike Orji has revealed.

Raising the alarm in a speech during a workshop on Administration of Criminal Justice Act (ACJA) and Violent Against Persons Prohibition Act (VAPPA) in Kaduna, Dr. Orji, who was a Country Director of  IPAS for 20 years said  Nigeria was loosing about 55,000 women every year on issues of pregnancy and Child delivery but dropped to 25,000 and 3,000 during his administration as Country Director of the IPAS.

He said Nigeria, under President Goodluck Jonathan, won two international award based on the tremendous improvement, adding ” our former President was made co-chair for saving  One Millions lives by United Nation Commission”.

Orji lamented that the midwifery that lived and work in ruler areas and reduced the Maternal Mortality by 50 percent have began to leave their duty places because they have not been paid.

“That scheme was successful because it has six key elements. The major element is that midwives will lives and work in the ruler areas, and have reduced Maternal Mortality by more than 50 % in 4 and half years within the period. Thirdly, my heart breed, those Nurses are leaving their duty places because they are not been paid”, he said.

According to him, the last administration stopped paying the nurses even before they left because stressing that “they said that SURE-P will take over payment when MDG funds dried up. 

The workshop was organised by United Nation office on Drugs and Crime (UNDOC) and financed by European Union (EU). ‎


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