110 women die daily in Nigeria – UNFPA


According to the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), no fewer than 110 women die daily in Nigeria as a result of pregnancy-related causes.

The agency disclosed this on Wednesday through its Programme Coordinator and Head of Office, Madam Mariama Darboe, in her goodwill message at a one-day CSO Dialogue Meeting on Maternal Health Accountability organised by Advocacy Nigeria, an International Non-Governmental Organisation (INGO).

Darboe explained that 80 per cent of women in the country has continued to depend on and believe in giving birth at home in spite of anticipated complications, especially in the north.

She asked “why should women be allowed to die due to avoidable causes?’’

“Nigeria spends N1. 5 trillion in a year on health which is one of the highest in the world and more than all the other African countries, yet it is one of the worst in utilisation and accountability.

Earlier in her address, the Executive Director of Advocacy Nigeria, Hajiya Saudatu Sani, who lamented the poor concern of many state governments to maternal health, said the burden would strongly and efficiently be handled by the CSOs and the media. (NAN)