Federal Ministry of Health has identified poverty as one of the factors affecting implementation of family
planning in the country, which in turn has resulted to high rate of maternal mortality.
This was stated at the launching ceremony of the Society for Family Health’s project tagged “Expand Child Spacing Practice and Prevention of Excessive Bleeding After Child Birth”, by Mrs Lilian Bibilari, who represented the Minster of Health, Hassan Lawan, at the occasion recently in Osogbo, Osun State capital.
The ministry noted that 800 per 100,000 per cent birth rate recorded death, maintaining that Nigeria has the highest maternal mortality ratio in the world.
According to the ministry, “effective family planning service provision can reduce maternal death by 30 per cent, stressing that child-spacing was essential in maintaining good health for a family.
“Implementation of family planning in Nigeria is challenged by poverty; poor access to family planning services and commodities, inadequate coordination of programme and social cultural factor.
“In order to address these factors, the Federal Ministry of Health in collaboration with development partners, Non-Governmental Organizations and Civil Society Organizations have been working assiduously to develop strategies that would deplete maternal mortality and attain good health.”
Addressing the gathering, Deputy General Manager of SFH, Mr. Chris Eneche, said the objective of the project was to expand the provision of child spacing and the prevention and management of post partum Hemorrhage (bleeding after birth).
Eneche noted that “recent evidence has confirmed that lack of child-spacing and incidences of post partum hemorrhage are jointly responsible for half of all maternal deaths in most developing countries.”
He added that Nigeria’s maternal mortality rate was reportedly one of the worst health indices among countries in its category.
However, Eneche said focusing child-spacing and prevention of post partum hemorrhage would assist the country to achieve Millennium Development Goal target, which included reduction of MMR to a level below 100 deaths per 100,000 births.
Eneche, on behalf of SFH, appreciated all partners in private sector, that provided relevant information that were keys in planning and fire turning of the project framework.
Launching the project, Osun State Commissioner for Health, Mr Lanre Afolabi, assured SFH of maximum corporation from the state government and commended their (SFH) immense contribution to the growth of the country.