Written by Ere-ebi AGEDAH

Experts plan summit on reproductive health in Abuja

Worried by the fact that one out of every 29 women in Nigeria faces a life time risk of death during childbirth due to lack of accountability by service providers, experts have planned a 3-day summit in Abuja on reproductive, maternal, new born, child and adolescent health, RMNCAH, in Abuja later this week. 

Organizers of the summit said corruption, inefficiency, and an inexplicable failure to do what is evidently the right thing has led to little improvement in the nation’s health sector.

Dr. Francis Eremutha, chairman of the steering committee of the summit, averred that accountability deficits underlie the worsening trend.

“Maternal Mortality Ratio is currently put at 576 per 100,000 live births (NDHS 2013). In 2008 it was 545 per 100,000 live births. In Ethiopia, it is 1 out of 67 women; in Europe, it is one out of 3,300 women,” he explained.

Also speaking on the importance of the summit, Ms. Tessy Effa, Country Representative of Champions for Change, said that poor performance in maternal and child health was a justification, which is to among others, help the nation fashion out a roadmap for pursuing the Sustainable Development Goals, SDGs.

“Although Nigeria made appreciable progress in reducing infant and maternal mortality, the country is still listed among the 75 countries that account for more than 95 per cent of all maternal and child deaths worldwide,” Effa said.

The summit, will among other things the organisers added, appraise past and on-going efforts to improve RMNCAH nationwide by particularly identifying options for the adoption and scale up of impactful reproductive health initiatives, and design accountability mechanisms to ensure that policy makers and duty-bearers fulfil the health agenda for the most marginalized Nigerians.

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