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Emir of Kano decries high maternal mortality in northern Nigeria

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Emir of Kano, Alhaji Muhammadu Sanusi II

• Survey reveals dearth of craft instructors

The Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II has blamed societal negligence for the high rate of maternal mortality in the country.He lamented that the worst global mortality rate was more visible in northern Nigeria.

“There is no place in the world where we have high number of maternal mortality than in India and Northern Nigeria. Many things are responsible for this, like illiteracy, poverty and related issues. People are just exhibiting I-don’t-care attitudes towards family health,” he said.

He stated this during the launch of a book titled, “Yanaye Yanayen Ciki da Haihuwa a Likitance” (Medical Conditions of Pregnancy and Delivery) authored by a Consultant Gynecologist, Prof. Hadiza Shehu Galadanchi in Kano.

Sanusi disclosed that: “At the Emirate Council, we have a system of reporting births and deaths monthly. Our ward heads take stock of all births and deaths at birth within their jurisdictional areas. The information we get monthly is heartbreaking.”

During the event, one of the reviewers of the book, Dr. Abdulhamid Isah Dutse, former Chief Medical Director of Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital (AKTH) said the author of the book was able to come up with a figure that 545 pregnant women out of 100,000 die monthly in Nigeria. He added that the case was worse in the northern part of the country.

Governor Umar Ganduje, who was represented by his Deputy, Prof. Hafiz Abubakar, assured that the book would be distributed to nurses in health facilities across the state.

“We will liaise with the state Ministry of Health and ensure that health workers gain from this,” he said. Meanwhile, a recent survey conducted under the auspices of Development Research and Projects Centre (dRPC) has shown that Kano State Education Resource Department (KERD) has only 280 craft teachers for 77,299 students in secondary schools.

This was disclosed at a stakeholders’ workshop on using craft education for income generation for secondary schools aged girls held in Kano recently by Prof. Bala Ado Kofar Mata of the Centre for African Entrepreneurship Research and Training. It was organised by the dRPC and funded by Mac Arthur Foundation.


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