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Group takes campaign against maternal, child mortality to communities


To deepen the impact of its campaign on maternal and child mortality, Rotary International District 9110, has taken the initiative to communities in Lagos.

Speaking at a one-day Community Dialogue on Maternal and Perinatal Morbidity and mortality reduction organised for stakeholders and residents in Lagos Island, Lagos Coordinator of the programme, Dr. Deinde Shoga said the initiative was to ensure safe pregnancy and delivery, the survival of children and to address issues of family planning.

He said: “We want to address issues pertaining to processes of childbirth and making it safe. We want to focus on factors affecting the survival of children and one that minimise complications or reduces them totally among women in the childbearing age.”

Shoga, who stressed the need for men to be supportive of their wives on family planning, urged Nigerians to join hands together to promote safe delivery for women and reduce complications and death resulting from pregnancies.

The Medical Officer of Health, Lagos Island Local Government, Dr. Oladapo Ashiyanbi, at the event, said it is important for women to be in the best of health even before they conceive, saying this will increase the likelihood of conception, and the child being well-formed without any abnormality.

He also stressed the importance of post-natal care, pointing out that children and mothers who died, lost their lives usually within six weeks of delivery.

“In fact, 50 per cent of the under-five mortality happens within the first month of life. This is attributed to not taking care of the important issues that usually happen at this period. So, people should watch out if children within the first month have breathing difficulties, upper-respiratory-tract infection, or end up dying of tetanus or complications from jaundice or seizure disorder,” he said.

Consultant, Obstetrician and Gynecologist, Lagos Island Maternity Hospital, Dr. Akinwunmi Akinyemi, identified many dangers that can arise during pregnancy noting that miscarriage and bleeding at any stage of pregnancy can occur and precaution should, therefore, be taken to guard against it.

He said utopic pregnancy, inactive baby, cord collapse, placenta separating before time, uterus rupture, placenta coming before the baby, infections, and multiple births by cesarean section (CS) are other danger inimical to safe delivery.

“Simple antenatal care and delivery in proper hospitals where they can have skilled birth attendants can help prevent all these problems,” Akinyemi said.

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