Speaking at a Dissemination of PMA2020 Survey Findings presented by Centre for Advance Medical Research and Training (CAMRAT) at Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital in Kano yesterday, Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II has said that lack of a strong family law is the reason for the prevalence of maternal and infant mortality in Nigeria, and that it was only in Nigeria such an important law was absent, According to him, the existence of the law would aid in combating the prevalence of child and women mortality rate in northern Nigeria and the whole country, adding that the emirate has been pursuing for the enactment of the law for about two years. He attributed the problem of maternal and child health to failure of the politicians to take stern measures and confronts difficult issues for fear of losing support from the populace saying that “There is weakness and fear of losing the support with the politicians. They fail to confront difficult issues of fear of losing support. If there is a family law, all these problems associated to women and children would not have been as worse as it is today. We have been pursuing for the promulgation of this law for about two years and it is yet to come up,”  The director of the CAMRAT, Professor Hadiza Galadanci, in her presentation of the survey result attributed open defecation and improper sanitation as the main cause of malaria outbreak and prevalence of other diseases, and  that the use of non-improved facilities and open defecation made up to 50% of main sanitation facility usage in Kano, adding that the vast majority of the population in the state uses only one sanitation option, and She also revealed that there was improvement in the Contraceptive Prevalence Rate (CPR) in the state to 7.0%, adding that the percentage of the unmet need in the state moved to30.3%.

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