Maternal mortality rate still at 576 deaths per 1,000 pregnant women in Nigeria—Experts.

Some reproductive health experts and advocacy group have said Nigeria’s maternal mortality rate his still at 576 deaths per 1,000 pregnant women,

and they have also raised concerns that most state governments in the country do not have funds budgeted top advance family planning in their states.Speaking on this yesterday, on the side-lines of stakeholders meeting on advocacy for family planning in the wake of current economic and demographic challenges of the country, The Coordinator, Reproductive and Family Planning arm of Pathfinder International Nigeria, Dr. Habeeb Salami, said although the Federal Government procures and distributes 13 family planning commodities to the states to reduce maternal mortality rate, less than 10 per cent of the36 states complement this effort with funds to distribute the commodities.

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