FG Funds 8,800 Primary Health Facilities To Reduce Maternal Deaths


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By Alice Etuka, Abuja

The Coordinating Minister of Health and Social Welfare, Professor Muhammad Pate, has reiterated the readiness of the Federal Government to reduce maternal mortality and newborn child deaths by providing adequate funding to eight thousand, eight hundred,(8800) health facilities across the country.

Spokesperson to the ministry, Patricia Deworitshe announced the development in a statement issued on Monday, April 22, 2024.

She said the Minister disclosed the government’s move at a press briefing to commemorate the 2024 Safe Motherhood Day, with the theme “Investing in Maternal Health for a Sustainable Future” held in Abuja recently.

Pate pointed out that safe motherhood can be achieved when a pregnant woman receives all pillars of care during and after pregnancy, such as antenatal care, skilled and facility-based delivery, quality services as well as postnatal care, family planning, postpartum family planning and post-abortion family planning.

He called on all stakeholders, development partners, religious and traditional leaders, and the media to educate the general public to achieve the desired objective.

“We have to ensure that all women in Nigeria have access to quality maternal care, irrespective of where you come from, whether they’re from rural areas or not, whether they’re educated or not so that we don’t leave any woman behind”, he said.

The Minister noted that President Bola Tinubu had consistently prioritised Nigerian citizens in his administration’s Renewed Hope Agenda, adding that health was a key part of the Agenda.

He recalled that he unveiled the Health Sector Renewal Investment Initiative in December with a compact between the 36 State Governors, development partners and the Federal Government to ensure improved population health outcomes in a sector-wide manner.

Professor Pate, further mentioned that the government aimed to reach at least 7 million pregnant women through those services over time per year and at least 6 million newborn births yearly:

“That is an aspiration, we are not there yet but it is what we should be aiming for, so that no woman is left behind when it comes to access to quality maternal care, access to skilled birth attendants, facility birth delivery and Non-communicable diseases screening, like hypertension, diabetes in pregnancy and family planning and to ensure affordability to the vulnerable group fund as the NHIA provides cover to reduce access to care for women”, he said.

In her welcome address, Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Health and Social Welfare, Daju Kachollom ,identified the three worst maternal health complications which contribute to 55 per cent of cases of maternal mortality in Nigeria as postpartum haemorrhage, preeclampsia/eclampsia and unsafe abortion.

Daju said that to actualize the Renewed Hope Agenda of Mr President, the Federal Ministry of Health and Social Welfare under the leadership of the Coordinating Minister of Health, Professor Muhammad Ali Pate, has commenced the 4 point Agenda of the health sector, noting that safe motherhood was a key priority of the health agenda, as over 120,000 front line health workers’ capacities will be built and additional primary Health care will receive funds under the Basic Health Care Provision Fund (BHCPF) to cater for mothers and children.

To discharge its mandate and effort to improve maternal health, the Permanent Secretary said that the Ministry in collaboration with partners reviewed the safe motherhood documents in line with best practices to address the high prevalence of postpartum haemorrhage, preeclampsia/eclampsia and unsafe abortion and to guide states in the implementation, thereby issues affecting maternal health in Nigeria will be addressed.

Daju, expressed her appreciation for the commitment of the stakeholders in improving the quality of lives of mothers and children, adding that their support and effort in reducing maternal mortality and morbidity in Nigeria should not be overemphasized. “Together, we can build a country where every mother has the opportunity to experience the joy of childbirth in safety and dignity. We can create a future where every mother and newborn receive the care and support needed to thrive”, she stated.

Documents on labour Guide, Guidelines for Community use of misoprostol, and D-Calibrated drape were launched by the Coordinating Minister of Health supported by the Minister of State for Health, Dr. Tunji Alausa, and the Permanent Secretary, Daju Kachollom the documents will be uploaded on the website of the Ministry for the general public and health personnel to access


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