Increased maternal deaths resulting from childbirth has been linked to many women delivering their babies at home. This was disclosed by the Plateau State Reproductive Health Coordinator, Mrs Hannatu Dung at the formal inauguration of the Core Technical Working Group for Maternal Newborn and Child Heath (MNCH) in Jos.
According to her, about 64 per cent of Plateau women gave birth at home while only about 36 per cent of the women in the state delivered at different health institutions either government or privately owned thus resulting in most maternal deaths.
Mrs Hannatu Dung said “The country loses 2,300 children under five years of age and 145 women of childbearing age every day to preventable diseases and pregnancy related causes, majority of these under-five deaths occur at home.”
The MNCH document distributed during the inauguration ceremony will teach participants and other health workers different guiding principles, objectives and importance and need for improved maternal health in the country. She also stressed the need for effective implementation of the Maternal Newborn and Child Health strategy in the country.
“The strategy offers an integrated approach to addressing the mother, newborn and child as a continuum, such as strengthening preventive services like malaria control, immunization and growth monitoring, accurate identification and treatment of maternal, neonatal and childhood illness,” Mrs Dung said.She also appreciated the efforts of the state government in reducing maternal mortality in the state and thanked them for kicking off the core technical working groups in the state.
The permanent Secretary of the state’s ministry of health performed the inauguration of the working groups which includes Advocacy and Resource Mobilization, Local Government Support and Rolling Out Group, and the Monitoring and Evaluation Working Group. While performing the inauguration, he stated that the objective of setting up the committee as ensuring effective implementation of strategies aimed at advancing the health of women and children in the state.