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Why Nigeria’s Maternal Mortality Is Amongst Highest In The World by agwom(m): 7:36am On Jan 09
Nigeria is one of the countries with the highest maternal mortality rates in the world, with the country accounting for about 20 per cent of global maternal deaths. Daily Trust, in this report, examines some of the factors responsible for this ugly trend.

Maternal mortality ratio (MMR) in several low-and-middle-income countries is alarming, with about 34% of global maternal deaths occurring in Nigeria and India alone.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the MMR of Nigeria is 814 deaths (per 100,000 live births).

The lifetime risk of a Nigerian woman dying during pregnancy, childbirth, postpartum or post-abortion is one in 22, in contrast to the lifetime risk in developed countries estimated at 1 in 4,900

Nigerian women are also said to be 500 times more likely to lose their lives in childbirth when compared to most advanced nations of the world.

An online research media, indexmundi puts Nigeria’s maternal mortality rate at 917 deaths/100,000 live births.

Speaking on the increasing rate of maternal mortality in the country, the Programme and Communication Officer, Resource Centre for Human Rights and Civic Education, Mr Armsfree Ajanaku said, from their experience as an organization that has been working to mitigate the devastating impact of scourge of maternal and child health in Nigeria, they have observed a number of factors contributing to the situation.

“In the first place, the poor governance of the Primary Healthcare Sector is a major issue.

“A situation where PHCs, which are supposed to be the first port of call for expectant mothers and infants are ill equipped to respond to basic treatment needs, exposes large number of mothers and babies to untimely death,” he said.

He said they have situations, especially in rural areas, where equipment as basic as beds, thermometers, and blood pressure monitors are not available in PHCs resulting in patients being treated without the right indices.

Mr Ajanaku said many Nigerians in urban centres take some of these things for granted, but in the rural areas, “they are luxuries, which are hard to come by.”

He urged the government and stakeholders in the health sector to look deeply into the PHCs and make available facilities and human capital needed to make them function well to enable pregnant women have access to quality healthcare services at the grassroots to reduce the rate of maternal deaths recorded yearly.

In Northern Nigeria, many women die from pregnancy-related complications as many reports have exposed.

It is believed that this is because of the inaccessibility of health care facilities for expectant mothers, which is because of a plethora of reasons.

Poverty, early marriage big factors in Kano

In 2020, Daily Trust profiled a group of women in the Gwammaja area of Kano State, who had identified some of these problems around them.

The women, led by one Hajiya Amina Tanko, had first identified poverty as the foremost problem amongst them.

“Women and their relatives simply had no money to invest in antenatal care, or for safe deliveries in reputable hospitals.

“Among us, some died while giving birth or their children will die because some husbands will say they do not have money to take them to the hospital, and that was why we had to do something to help our members, so that nobody will be dying anyhow,” Hajiya Tanko said.

A Nigerian is classified as poor when he lives below $1 per day, which is about N400.

https://dailytrust.com/why-nigerias-maternal-mortality-amongst-highest-in-the-world

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Re: Why Nigeria’s Maternal Mortality Is Amongst Highest In The World by realstars: 7:38am On Jan 09
Sometimes It Is Ignorancy, sometimes Religon, sometimes village peepo.
Any of the above is the Nigerian way.

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Re: Why Nigeria’s Maternal Mortality Is Amongst Highest In The World by Kolisky(m): 7:44am On Jan 09
undecided

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Re: Why Nigeria’s Maternal Mortality Is Amongst Highest In The World by Bobotic(m): 9:01am On Jan 09
Ah ah see news shocked shocked

Re: Why Nigeria’s Maternal Mortality Is Amongst Highest In The World by Nairalandian(m): 9:01am On Jan 09
The condition of the country alone can kill someone

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Re: Why Nigeria’s Maternal Mortality Is Amongst Highest In The World by DropsMic(m): 9:01am On Jan 09
Because our hospitals are trash

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Re: Why Nigeria’s Maternal Mortality Is Amongst Highest In The World by Kingluqman(m): 9:02am On Jan 09
realstars:
Sometimes It Is Ignorancy, sometimes Religon, sometimes village peepo.
Any of the above is the Nigerian way.
I swear... all na nigerian way

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Re: Why Nigeria’s Maternal Mortality Is Amongst Highest In The World by olaboy33(m): 9:02am On Jan 09
Just like in every ranking, the North will still find a way of bringing Nigeria far down the ladder.

Poverty and early marriage are major causes.

The few fortunate northerners will make us believe everything is well with the north.

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Re: Why Nigeria’s Maternal Mortality Is Amongst Highest In The World by niletalo: 9:02am On Jan 09
may God help us
Re: Why Nigeria’s Maternal Mortality Is Amongst Highest In The World by obembet(f): 9:02am On Jan 09
MANNABBQGRILLS:

May it never be well with each and every politician that looted, stole, raped and took our darling nation 150 years backwards.
They will never know peace wherever they are, no matter the political party they are or keep running to back and forth like the animal below.......

Not only politicians but thier supporters that love to collect this this

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Re: Why Nigeria’s Maternal Mortality Is Amongst Highest In The World by Tonymegabush1(m): 9:02am On Jan 09
Never a good news to end up having a stillbirth.
Re: Why Nigeria’s Maternal Mortality Is Amongst Highest In The World by solmusdesigns: 9:02am On Jan 09
undecided



Africans decided to play with their own lives ... It's a conscious decision

Stop marrying under aged girls, they won't listen

Wear Condoms to prevent infection and unwanted pregnancy, black man would say NO it's Scamdemic

Take Vaccines, they would give one excuse or the other to avoid it


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Re: Why Nigeria’s Maternal Mortality Is Amongst Highest In The World by slachtoffers: 9:02am On Jan 09
A complicated country with complicated issues.

Poverty mixed with ignorance is the underlying factor of most of our problems in this country.

Poor singles will be cajoled into getting married with the erroneous belief (ignorance) that he who finds a wife finds a good thing.

On top of it all they will pressured to keep making babies without recourse on how to cater for the mother and unborn child.

Due to poverty and ignorance rather than seek proper help they will rely solely on prayers and good wishes which seems cheap but costlier in long run when complications arise.

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Re: Why Nigeria’s Maternal Mortality Is Amongst Highest In The World by Enudapan: 9:02am On Jan 09
Nah eh!, No qualms
This is so unsophisticated

Good health care is very expensive in this country
And to worsen the case some old women will still claim oversabi, the will Tell you how the delivered there babies themselves at home and convince you to give them small moni so the can
Act as local midwifery to you

Las las nah poor people the get maternity mortality

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Re: Why Nigeria’s Maternal Mortality Is Amongst Highest In The World by swiz123(m): 9:03am On Jan 09
An average northerner's life expectancy has dropped to 45 years ever since their darling daddy took over.

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Re: Why Nigeria’s Maternal Mortality Is Amongst Highest In The World by mrkings84(m): 9:03am On Jan 09
Any thing negative, we come top....

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Re: Why Nigeria’s Maternal Mortality Is Amongst Highest In The World by Nackzy: 9:03am On Jan 09
This Country is 150 years backward
Re: Why Nigeria’s Maternal Mortality Is Amongst Highest In The World by Ayoswit(f): 9:03am On Jan 09
Childbirth is not easy rara undecided

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Re: Why Nigeria’s Maternal Mortality Is Amongst Highest In The World by Dammiegreatz: 9:03am On Jan 09
It's ok
Re: Why Nigeria’s Maternal Mortality Is Amongst Highest In The World by southniyikaye(m): 9:04am On Jan 09
Ok
Re: Why Nigeria’s Maternal Mortality Is Amongst Highest In The World by Chiboj(m): 9:04am On Jan 09
Always topping the charts, the wrong charts. Very frustrating.
Re: Why Nigeria’s Maternal Mortality Is Amongst Highest In The World by MANNABBQGRILLS: 9:05am On Jan 09
Nackzy:
This Country is 150 years backward
May it never be well with each and every politician that looted, stole, raped and took our darling nation 150 years backwards.
They will never know peace wherever they are, no matter the political party they are or keep running to back and forth like the animal below.......

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Re: Why Nigeria’s Maternal Mortality Is Amongst Highest In The World by Spectaclesawe25: 9:05am On Jan 09
Everything bad, we are leading in the world, so we aren't surprised abt the MMR in Nigeria.
Poverty, ignorance and disease is a cycle.... Break the first and the others will dissappear.
Re: Why Nigeria’s Maternal Mortality Is Amongst Highest In The World by salt1: 9:06am On Jan 09
Arewa to the world! Their indices always drag Nigeria backward.
Child marriage, illiteracy, poverty combine to give us our fantastic ratings

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Re: Why Nigeria’s Maternal Mortality Is Amongst Highest In The World by Nackzy: 9:06am On Jan 09
MANNABBQGRILLS:

Mannabb you still deh support APC?, How much are you buying PMS over there?
Re: Why Nigeria’s Maternal Mortality Is Amongst Highest In The World by Minjim: 9:08am On Jan 09
This is serious.
We really need to change our ways of lifestyle.
Sadly, we don't have good leader to lead by example
Re: Why Nigeria’s Maternal Mortality Is Amongst Highest In The World by koyyes: 9:08am On Jan 09
When baby factory is the only purpose given to African females instead of education and empowerment, why won't they be dropping like flies?

It's not like the offsprings they give birth to become inventors. They always exhibit animalistic tendencies.

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Re: Why Nigeria’s Maternal Mortality Is Amongst Highest In The World by MANNABBQGRILLS: 9:09am On Jan 09
Tedpgrass:
Huge population
Poor records
Historical lack of investment
Medical Brain drain
Poor education and enlightenment
Poor engagement with sparse medical resources
Deep!

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Re: Why Nigeria’s Maternal Mortality Is Amongst Highest In The World by Tedpgrass: 9:10am On Jan 09
Huge population
Poor records
Historical lack of investment
Medical Brain drain
Poor education and enlightenment
Poor engagement with sparse medical resources
Re: Why Nigeria’s Maternal Mortality Is Amongst Highest In The World by Tonymario58: 9:13am On Jan 09
As a doctor in a hospital in Northeast Nigeria, Nigerian women of the northern extraction are 8 times likely to die during pregnancy compare to their counterparts in the south. Pregnancy here means the period from the time fertilization occured to 42 days after delivery no matter the duration, site, and mode of termination of the pregnancy.

Almost always, the pregnant women want to be alive but the men who has the capacity and capability to help their wives do not really care possibly due to mere idiocy or the common lackadaisical attitude towards women common to the culture and/or religion.

Most pregnancies here are not planned due to the common mentality that God gives children and he'll provide for them.

The women just like most african mothers are willing to support financially to make ends meet in the family but the cultural and religious inhibitors usually prevail in the society aggravated by the vicious cycle of poverty, illiteracy, and ignorance. So, the women are not empowered.

The situation in the northeast mirrors the situation in other northern regions of the country. The northern leaders are selfish, wicked, and unpatriotic just like most leaders in all other regions of the country only that the northern people are disadvantaged by the above vicious cycle pointed out with geography and topography.

The solution to the high MMR should start with empowering the Northern/Nigerian girl child through free and enforced basic education, scholarships, financial empowerment and sustainability through job creation, skill acquisitions, cultural and religious reformation, women advocacy, free maternal and free under five health-care services in all the northern states of the country sponsored by the state governments, individuals and organizations, equipment of hospitals and primary health centers with basic facilities for maternal and under five care, training and periodical retraining of TRADITIONAL BIRTH ATTENDANTS, incentives for health care givers in the regions and to attract others clustered in other regions of the country, reasonable remuneration of health workers in the country to keep them around (I'll soon leave the region and country for good due to poor pay and devilish work conditions).

Truly, the MATERNAL MORTALITY RATE/RATIO and UNDER FIVE MORTALITY RATE is very high in the country mostly due to the northern burden and almost all the causes are preventable.

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Re: Why Nigeria’s Maternal Mortality Is Amongst Highest In The World by Tedpgrass: 9:13am On Jan 09
koyyes:


It's not like the offsprings they give birth to become inventors. They always exhibit animalistic tendencies.

Their fathers haven't been around either to mentor or inspire offsprings appropriately.


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