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The Chief Medical Director of Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH), Prof. Adetokunbo Fabamwo, has said pregnant women deserve better reproductive experience in Nigeria.

Fabamwo, who stated that Nigeria is second to India in terms of high maternal mortality rate, said over the 600,000 maternal deaths are recorded per minute as one out of thirteen women die from pregnancy related causes.

The CMD made the submission at the National Women’s Conference of Committee of Wife of Lagos State Officials (COWLSO) with the theme “Unlearn, Learn and Relearn: 21st Century Women’s Themes Perspectives and Approach”.

The Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology while presenting his lecture titled ‘Maternal and Neonatal Mortality’, at the 19th edition of COWLSO, stated that pregnancy bleeding, hypertensive disorders, unsafe abortion, obstructed labor/ruptured uterus and infections are the major causes of maternal mortality.

According to him, women empowerment and education, nutritional education, advocacy and awareness campaign about available health services and sex education are ways of reducing the rates of maternal and neonatal deaths in Nigeria.

Fabamwo, however, tasked concerned authorities on “continuous training of health workers, supply of drugs and consumables, community education to make early decision to seek care, upgrade of health facility of primary level for 24 hour services, institutionalise emergency obstetric care in all health facilities, improve referral system, community blood donor associations, community loan schemes, maternity waiting homes, increased healthcare funds, maternal and perinatal death reviews, adoption of Primary Health Centres.”

He further urged COWLSO to carry out advocacy, health education and community outreaches as women in Nigeria deserve better reproductive experience than they are currently having, while babies also deserve to live longer in better health.


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