The high rate of maternal death in Ondo State, southwestern Nigeria, is caused by quack doctors and the activities of unqualified midwives, Governor Olusegun Mimiko has said.
The Ondo State Governor made the submission in Akure, the state capital, while receiving the report of the Committee on Confidential Enquiry into Maternal Death in Ondo State, CEMDOS.
The report was submitted by the committee coordinator, Olawale Oyeneyin, a medical doctor.
The report blamed the high rate of maternal death in the state on traditional practices and the activities of unqualified midwives who attend to expectant mothers at the point of delivery.
Commenting on the report, Mimiko disclosed that his administration has launched a manhunt against unskilled birth attendants whose activities result in maternal death in Ondo.
He said the state would embark on the full implementation of the law on CEMDOS.
He threatened those who fail to report cases of maternal death with arrest and prosecution.
According to research, Mimiko said, nine out of ten women who die during childbirth in the state have failed to visit skilled maternal attendants, and many women that go for antenatal do not go for delivery at the hospital.
The governor reiterated the determination of his administration to ensure the success of the Abiye Safe Motherhood programme in the state and enjoined pregnant women to always avail themselves of the opportunities available in the state by patronising approved health institutions where they would be attended to by qualified medical personnel and skilled birth attendants.
Mimiko also called on traditional birth attendants to stop operating in the state because the various steps being taken by his administration to reposition health institutions will put an end to quackery.
He promised to provide alternative means of livelihood for them when they do so.
Mimiko said there were enough skilled hands in Ondo to replace the services of traditional birth attendants.