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Women deserve better reproductive experience, says prof

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Chief Medical Director (CMD) of the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH), Prof. Adetokunbo Fabamwo while delivering a lecture 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’, during the week, reiterated that women deserve better reproductive experience.

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

Fabamwo lamented that over 600, 000 maternal deaths are recorded per minute globally and one out of thirteen women die from pregnancy related causes locally, stressing that Nigeria is only second to India in terms of this alarming maternal mortality rate.

He expressed succinctly that women empowerment, women education; nutritional education, advocacy and awareness campaign about available health services and sex education are ways of reducing the rate of maternal and neonatal deaths in Nigeria.

He 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 facilities at primary level especially, institutionalize 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 PHCs amongst others.

He concluded by urging that COWLSO to play important roles such as advocacy, health education and community outreaches because women in Nigeria deserve a better reproductive experience than they are currently having.


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