40,000 Nigerian Mothers Die Annually at Childbirth – US Ambassador

by on March 5, 2016
The United States Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr James Entwistle, said yesterday that Nigeria loses no few­er than 40,000 mothers during childbirth every year.
Entwistle made the revelation in a statement in which he said many pregnant women in Ni­geria often delay in seeking healthcare until po­tentially life-threatening conditions arise.
“There are 40,000 ma­ternal deaths per year in Nigeria. We believe that no mother should die from preventable causes. Unfortunately, the state of primary healthcare in Nigeria paints a dismal picture for the future of many children.
“The excessively high maternal, neonatal and under-five death rates are reflections of inadequate availability and access to quality health services,’’ the envoy said.
The US diplomat how­ever expressed that his government was ready to partner General Elec­tric (GE), a Non-Gov­ernmental Organisa­tion (NGO), in bringing quality health services to women and children in the country.
The envoy also said that his government, through the USAID, had for many years been partnering Ni­geria in improving health services as well as in edu­cating Nigerians on the importance of healthcare.
He noted that the part­nership is his govern­ment’s commitment to engage in effective and innovative alliances with the private sector in sup­porting Nigeria’s critical development needs.
“We look forward to continuing this partner­ship with the GE and the Government of Nigeria. Every dollar invested in health multiplies the ben­efits for productive ac­tivities.
“Together, we can sup­port Nigeria’s efforts to be a stable and prosperous country, built by healthy and strong people,” he said.

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