A medical practitioner, Dr Stella Iwuagwu, has called on the Federal Government to formulate better policies to further reduce the maternal mortality rate in the country.
Iwuagwu made the call in an interview with the Press at Alude Ibeme, Isiala Mbano Local Government Area of Imo on Sunday.
According to the Executive Director of an Abuja-based Non-Governmental Organisation, Centre for the Right to Health (CRH), the success rate of the current policy on maternal mortality reduction was low.
She said maternal mortality rate in the rural communities was high because most health facilities in the areas still lacked basic equipments to deliver quality services to pregnant and nursing mothers.
She said: “the consequence of this situation has been the rise in the number of cases of maternal mortality.”
Iwuagwu who was in Imo for the burial of her father, Livinus, said that she established her NGO in 1999 in memory of her younger sister who died during child birth.
She regretted that lack of basic equipment in rural health, a situation which led to the death of her sister, was still prevalent in primary health centres in the country.