Nigeria

Maternal mortality drops in Adamawa

The rate of women dying following the delivery of children has reduced drastically in communities around Adamawa State.

This has been a result of campaign for hospital delivery, which has increased attendance by pregnant women across the state.

An official of the Adamawa State Primary Health Care Development Agency (ADSPHCDA) at its headquarters in Yola who spoke in confidence, as he is not officially mandated to talk to the press, attested to this during a phone conversation on Thursday.

Earlier, the Numan Local Government Area Executive Secretary of the ADSPHCDA, Mrs Asalina Apasa, who spoke to our correspondent towards the Christmas break on the issue as it applies to her domain, explained how it works.

She said: “Death rate of women being delivered of children has reduced drastically.

“Women have been well enlightened on safety precaution. They are encouraged to start antenatal care on the first sign of pregnancy and to continue to delivery time.

“They are motivated to the extent that after delivery, mothers are given token gift apart from the free antenatal care they received.”

Funds for such gesture, it was gathered, was coming from Decentralised Facility Funding (DFF) through Nigeria State Health Investment Programme (NSHIP), a programme financed by the World Bank through the National Primary Health Care Development Agency.

The funding, which used to come quarterly, has stopped but Mrs Apasa said the primary health centres around Numan LGA developed a revolving fund system from the earlier disbursements which still helps with sustenance of the programme.

The European Union (EU) and United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), it was gathered, have also been instrumental to safe motherhood and children’s health.

“In most of the health centres, they facilitate the establishment of maternity and lab.

“This is because EU/UNICEF base much of their intervention on pregnant women and children under-five. They provide necessary commodities and ensure befitting maternity for children to deliver,” Mrs Apasa said.

Primary healthcare delivery in Adamawa State is generally enhanced through tripartite contribution of responsibilities by benefiting communities which provide structures and protect them, the government which provide personnel and some equipment, and donor/development agencies which fill identified gaps.

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