Addressing Maternal Mortality in Nigeria

According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), Nigeria accounts for over 34 percent of global maternal deaths. The lifetime risk of dying during pregnancy, childbirth, postpartum, or after an abortion for a Nigerian woman is 1 in 22, compared to 1 in 4900 in developed countries. Preventing maternal mortality and improving the maternal health of Nigerian women needs a multifaceted undertaking. The combined efforts can be accomplished through the collective efforts of health care providers, members of society, and the government as a whole.

Nigeria has made little effort in saving the lives of pregnant women and babies from preventable deaths during delivery. Maternal and infant mortality rates are more significant in the Northern states than in other parts. The alarming rate is exemplified by the northeastern region’s high maternal death rate, three times higher than the national average. The inability to obtain high-quality health care in most Nigerian health facilities contributes significantly to this high maternal mortality rate….

To read more, check full article on The Guardian.