Ms Ratidzai Ndhlovu, Nigeria Country Director of United Nations Population Fund ( UNFPA), says no fewer than 100 women die daily across Northern Nigeria during childbirth. She spoke on Thursday in Sokoto at a consultative meeting with the theme: “Accelerating the Reduction of Maternal Deaths in Northern Nigeria: The Role of the Traditional and Religious Leaders.”
Ndhlovu decried the high maternal mortality figure, and stressed that collective efforts must be stepped up to redress the ugly trend. ” No pregnant woman should be allowed to die while bringing a life into the world and they should be adequately protected.
” Traditional rulers, community and religious leaders should take census of all pregnant women in their areas, with a view to tracking the exact figure of maternal mortality. ” This would help in gingering all of us to step up measures to reduce the menace and save more pregnant mothers and their children from dying during childbirth.
”This would certainly help in reducing maternal mortality and even help to reduce it to a zero-level across the North,” she said.
The Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar, who also spoke concerning the issue called for the building of capacities of more traditional birth attendants in the region.