Nigeria Loses 82,000 Women Each Year to Pregnancy, Childbirth Complications—UN

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By Muhammadu Sabiu 

According to a recent global report from the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) on maternal mortality, 82,000 women die in Nigeria every year as a result of difficulties associated with pregnancy and childbirth.

This was stated by Eduardo Celades, the chief of health for UNICEF Nigeria, at a press conference on COVID-19 and routine immunisation that was held on Friday and was organised by the UNICEF Nigeria Office in conjunction with the Child Rights Information Bureau (CRIB) of the Federal Ministry of Information and Culture.

The United Nations Maternal Mortality Estimation Inter­ Agency Group (MMEIG), which consists of WHO, UNICEF, UNFPA, the World Bank Group, and the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Population Division (UNDESA/Population Division), produced the report titled “Trends in Maternal Mortality 2000 to 2020” and covers the years 2000–2020.

Celades used this statistic as evidence that there are a lot of women in the nation who pass away from pregnancy-related reasons, explaining that it translates to 225 deaths from maternal mortality every day.

The UNICEF Nigeria Head of Health added that their second goal was to broaden the National Health Insurance Plan, highlighting the fact that it is an effective tool for achieving Universal Health Coverage (UHC) and lowering maternal mortality.

He noted that the most vulnerable individuals, such as women who lack access in difficult-to-reach locations, must be targeted.

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