The National Coordinator, Rotary International Project on National Family Planning Campaign, Prof. Dolapo Lufadeju, has said that Nigeria is losing 68,000 women yearly as a result of pregnancy and childbirth complications.
Lufadeju disclosed this on Thursday during the South West Family Planning Campaign Project of Rotary International in Ibadan.
He said the figure represented 23 percent of the global deaths due to pregnancy and childbirth complications.
“This implies that for every five women that die as a result of pregnancy and childbirth, one is a Nigerian and this is scary and Rotary International is upset about it.
“Rotary International has been an organisation with a national network of volunteers to be able to mobilise and create awareness in communities, will do community dialogue and training among others to reduce maternal and childbirth mortality. We are in South West of the meeting to bring stakeholders together to plan and strategise on steps to be taken in the next three years in order to reduce maternal and child birth-death, “he said.
Lufadeju also said that Rotary International was partnering with the Society of Gynaecologists and Obstetrics of Nigeria (SOGON) and the Ministry of Health to achieve its objective.
Mr Olugbemiga Olowu, South West Coordinator of the project, and Dr Adebayo Adeniyi, SOGON Coordinator in Ekiti, said in separate remarks that they were committed to ensuring that the family planning project was being executed smoothly.
According to the duo, available data indicates that Nigeria has very low prevalence care for family planning which Rotary will address.
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