Nigerian maternal mortality drops to 224 per 100,000 live births

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maternity24Onyebuchi Chukwu, the minister of health, says Nigeria’s infant mortality rate has improved to 65 per 1,000 live births and maternal mortality at 224 deaths per 100,000 live births.

The minister said this on Thursday in Abuja at the national dissemination workshop on the findings of the National HIV and AIDS and Reproductive Health Survey (NARHS Plus 2012).

Chukwu was represented at the event by Sani Bala, the permanent secretary in the Federal Ministry of Health.

The UN World Population Prospects and the Institute for Health Metric Reports (2010) puts the country’s rate at 545 per 100,000 on maternal mortality.

The UN report also showed that in 2010, the figure stood at 75 deaths per 1000 live births.

He said the NARHS plus survey was conducted in the 36 states of the federation and the FCT.

The minister said the survey was the fourth in the series because previous ones were conducted in 2003, 2005 and 2007.

“The figures obtained from the population-based data in this survey reveal more accurate figures.

“The finding on infant and maternal mortality rates has indicated improvement over the previous indices for the country.

“It also showed that HIV prevalence among general population put at 3.6 percent in 2007 has declined to 3.4 per cent in 2012.”

He said that quality data would adequately lead to formulation of informed policies and interventions.

Ade Bashorun, the director, HIV and AIDS Control Programme, Federal Ministry of Health, said it was also meant to resuscitate and sustain behavioural communication change strategies.

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