Concerned by the embarrassing high maternal and infant mortality in the country, stakeholders have called for a definite policies that will address the nagging issues surrounding child spacing.
The stakeholders made their position known at a workshop on Child Spacing Advocacy, Financing and Accountability organized by the Health Policy Plus (HP+) Nigeria, which was held in Sokoto .
This is even as the Chairman of the Sokoto State Child Spacing Advocacy Working Group, Dr Aminu Abdallah Sufi, has called on religious leaders to stick to the tenets of the hadith as it’s relate to child rights in the family.
He frowned at the situation where women loss their lives at the point of delivery, stressing that: “It’s unacceptable for a woman to lose her life while giving birth. It is also unacceptable for a child to lose his/her life at infancy.
He, therefore, reiterated for the need for what is described as planned child bearing, which according to him, will enhance healthy and happier family.
Speaking earlier, Deputy Governor of the State, Alhaji Ahmad Aliyu Sokoto, pledged the full commitment of the state government towards improving maternal and child health in the state.
While giving an oversight of the workshop, the Country Director, HP+, Onoriode Ezire, said it is a platform for collaboration between the Sokoto State Child Spacing Advocacy Working Group and key public sector decision-makers to better understand their roles in governance and accountability, particularly in the context of Primary Health Care under one roof initiative.