As part of efforts to curb the menace of maternal and child mortality in the South-Western states of Nigeria, Ogun State Government, in collaboration with the Rotary District 9110 has trained family planning providers in selected secondary health facilities in the State, as well as those in Lagos and Oyo states.
Speaking at a Two-Day workshop in Abeokuta, the State capital, on Reduction of Maternal and Child Morbidity and Mortality, the Host Project Contact and the Past District Governor of the Club, Mr. Adeniji Raji, said the initiative was to ensure safe pregnancy, delivery, the survival of children and also address issues on family planning.
“We want to address issues pertaining to processes of childbirth and making it safe, as well as focus on inadequacies in health care and family planning for women, in order to minimise complications among women in childbearing period”, he said.
Raji underscored the need for men to support their wives on family planning, urging them to cooperate with government in promoting safe delivery for women of child-bearing age.
He lamented that the index of maternal and child mortality has remained a cause of worry, saying, having access to proper trained health attendants at health centers, could reduce the threat and assist in unravelling the causes of maternal deaths.
In his remark, the Permanent Secretary, Hospitals Management Board, Dr Nafiu Aigoro, said the present administration in Ogun State was not paying lip service to the transformation of the health sector, noting that, reducing the indices of maternal and infant mortality is inclusive in its vision.
Dr. Aigoro lauded various health initiatives of Rotary Foundation, particularly in reducing loss of lives in pregnant women during and after child delivery, adding that previous projects, such as free eye surgery, polio eradication and establishment of Prosthesis department at the State Hospital, Ijaye, among others were commendable.
Speaking at the Technical Session, A Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH), Prof. Adetokunbo Fabamwo, stated that, pregnancy bleeding, hypertensive disorders, unsafe abortion, obstructed labour, ruptured uterus and infections were the major causes of maternal mortality, calling on concerned authorities to provide continuous training for health workers, supply drugs and contraceptives, community education among others.
Fabamwo emphasised the need for family planning providers to undergo training on proper electronic recording and capturing of data related to maternal and child mortality, adding that the second and third phase of the project would be community dialogue and reinforcement of culture of family planning.