Wives of the government officials in Nigeria have been charged to engage in community outreaches aimed at reducing the rate of death among women during childbirth.
The Chief Medical Director, CMD, of Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, LASUTH, Prof. Adetokunbo Fabambo made this call at the ongoing 19th National Women conference organised by the Committee of Wives of Lagos State Officials, COWLSO, where thousands of women gathered, including the Ondo State Forum of Wives of State Officials, FOWOSO.
Speaking on “Healthy Woman: A healthier Nation- Maternal and Neonatal Mortality”, the LASUTH Obstetrician and Gynaecologist, stressed the need for wives of government’s officials to assist local health centres in procuring delivery items and drugs, saying Nigerian women deserve a better reproductive experience than what they are getting.
He noted that it’s high time Nigerian government accepted that maternal and neonatal deaths are a national emergency as an average of 116 women die every minute in the country during childbirth.
According to him, maternal mortality reduction remains an unmet reproductive health care in the Sub-Saharan Africa, with Nigeria rating high next to India, noting that a multi-disciplinary approach is required to reduce it.
He highlighted factors responsible for maternal mortality during childbirth to include poor quality service or unavailability and lack of access to quality health care services, poverty, hence the need for the privileged women to rise against the experience in their immediate environment.
The guest speaker, who described as a national disgrace for a woman to die during labour in developed nations, called on high-net-worth individuals to support the advocacy against maternal death, saying pregnancy is not a disease but a normal physiological feature.
Also speaking on “Healthy Woman-A healthier nation-Her wellbeing”,
Also speaking on “Healthy Woman-A healthier nation-Her wellbeing”, Dr. (Mrs) Simiat Olanike enjoined women to examine their self-worth and sense of belonging, noting that having a sense of purpose of fulfilment is paramount to a better wellbeing.
She charged successful women to mentor the young ones and provide a safe-haven environment for other women.
She further advised every woman not to be a social island, and learn to he heard in every situation, and connect with both close and technology friends.