‘Gender inequality barrier to maternal health’
Gender inequality, poverty and disparities in women’s ability to access basic provisions of life, have been identified as key factors negatively impacting on maternal health in Nigeria.
Acting Director-General, National Centre for Women Development, (NCWD), Abuja, Sadeeq Omar, made these revelations yesterday, at a meeting to review the 2016 report on maternal health indicators in Nigeria.
Other areas where the women are being shortchanged include, access to health, education and income as well as lower socio-cultural status.
On health, Omar said women who suffer these inequalities also have fewer possibilities of accessing HIV prevention information and contraceptives.
This he said puts them at greater risk of unplanned pregnancies and increased rates of induced abortion among adolescent and young women.
The update study is a prelude to the 2007 study as published by the Federal Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development, (FMWASD).
The published update is on the national and international documents on maternal health and gender issues, as well as existing health policies and fieldwork across the six geo-political zones of the country.
Lead consultant of the project, Prof. Mohammed Taofik Ladan said, “The initial study identified two key maternal health indicators, that is, maternal mortality ratio and the socio-cultural determinants which aggravate and impact on the quality of maternal health in Nigeria.
It is expected that findings from the study will galvanise the various stakeholders to take action in addressing the key issues identified.
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