The Federal Ministry of Health has said that it will ensure the reduction of maternal and neonatal mortality in the country through the adoption of the Maternal and Postnatal Death Surveillance and Response, MPDSR.
Senator Olorunnimbe Mamora, Minister of State, Health, gave the assurance in a statement issued by the Assistant Director of Press and Publicity of the ministry, Ms Eunice Akro, on Saturday in Abuja.
Mamora made the assertion during a courtesy visit by a team from the Rotary Club International and Rotary Action Group for population and Development, who intimated him of their efforts to partner government to ensure reduction of maternal and neonatal mortality in the country.
He explained that the MPDSR was an integral part of quality care, which the ministry in collaboration with other stakeholders have developed as a national strategy based on the World Health Organisation multi-stakeholder led quality of care.
He noted that it was a strategy for medical audit of maternal and perinatal deaths geared at identifying the cause of deaths as well as devising means to prevent reoccurrence.
The minister stated that the Federal Government remains committed to ensuring that its efforts to reduce maternal and neonatal mortality indices in Nigeria succeeds. He expressed regrets at the current maternal and neonatal mortality ratios of 576/100,000 and 37/1000 live births respectively in Nigeria.
The minister said these statistics were unacceptable and stated the commitment of the government to change the narrative. He said, “We acknowledge that we have not had good indices in Nigeria and this calls for the need to step up our efforts.”
Source: Medical World Nigeria