A Non-Governmental Organization, the White Ribbon Alliance Nigeria (WRAN) will soon implements a three-year campaign to improve engagement in Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (RMNCH) in Niger State.
According to the body’s National Coordinator, Tonte Ibraye, the research and community outreach advocacy campaign was aimed at reducing maternal and child mortality rate which, he said, still posed serious challenge to public health in the state. “This intervention is necessary to increase awareness and engage citizens because research indicates that, in Niger State, there is a maternal mortality rate of 130/100,000 live births and in fact mortality rate of 260/100,000 live births,” he noted at a 3-day workshop in Minna.
Mr Ibraye has said that 48 percent of women in the state were delivered by relatives and others, while 28.8 percent of pregnant women did not consider it necessary to deliver in a health facility, describing the situation as unacceptable.
He said that WRAN intervention would ensure that at least 500,000 citizens were sensitized enough to demand their right to be involved in decisions and actions concerning their health by 20016, while the state government would be committed to implementing accountability processes at all levels of maternal, newborn and child healthcare system by 2017.
Also speaking at the occasion, a consultant gynecologist and wife of Niger State governor, Dr Amina Abubakar Sani Bello, blamed lack of accountability and proper supervision mechanism, traditional beliefs. Inadequate man power and inadequate health facilities among others are some of the factors affecting effective health care delivery system in the state.