By Hassan Zaggi
The Minister of State, Health, Dr. Olororunnimbe Mamora, has stated that the Federal Government remains committed to ensuring that maternal and neonatal mortality are reduced to barest minimum.
Dr. Mamora disclosed this during a courtesy visit by the Rotary International and Rotary Action Group for population and Development (RFPD).
The visit was to intimate the minister on their efforts in partnering with government to ensure reduction of maternal and neonatal mortality in Nigeria.
Dr. Mamora, however, expressed dissatisfaction at the current maternal and neonatal mortality ratios of 576/100,000 and 37/1000 live births respectively in Nigeria which he said are unacceptable.
He, however, reiterated government’s commitment to curb the trend by adopting the Maternal Perinatal Death Surveillance and Response (MPDSR).
According to him, “we acknowledge that we have not had good indices in Nigeria and this calls for the need to step up our efforts”.
He explained that the MPDSR is an integral part of quality care which the Federal Ministry of Health in collaboration with other stakeholders have developed as a national strategy based on the World Health Organization (WHO) multi-stakeholder led quality of care.
Dr. Mamora commended the contributions of the group to humanity and Nigeria in the area of polio eradication and urged them not to relent in their current efforts directed at the reduction in maternal and neonatal mortality.
He expressed Government’s determination for continuous partnership and collaboration with the organization towards attaining the reduction of maternal and neonatal mortality in the country.
The Co-ordinator/Vice Chairman, Rotary International, Professor Emmanuel Adedolapo Lufadeju, said that Rotary has worked in collaboration with Ministry of Health for about 15 years having a mandate with the Ministry in the area of Maternal and neonatal health.
He stated that they have also been in partnership with the German Ministry of Health and Co-operation and have been able to establish e-platforms amongst others focused on Tertiary, Secondary and Primary health centres and now seeking government collaboration to extend its services to Community Health Centers, having recorded some reduction in maternal and neonatal mortality in the areas so far covered.
He explained that they have engaged the services of a consultant from Germany to handle the e-platform and called on Government to make adequate preparation to take over the management of the Centers for the purpose of continuity and sustainability.