An NGO, Wellbeing Foundation Africa, through its project #MaternalMonday Campaign has canvassed the need to strengthen primary healthcare to improve maternal health services in Nigeria.
In a press release sent to Nigerian Pilot, it said daily, Nigeria loses about 2,300 under-five year old children and 145 women of childbearing age.
The NGO also noted that amongst other causes, inadequate coverage and quality of health care services are the cause of preventable deaths among women and children.
#MaternalMonday is a popular weekly information campaign established by Mrs. Toyin Saraki, founder of Wellbeing Foundation Africa, to empower midwives, mothers and their newborns through demand for birth-preparedness, reducing the scourge of preventable maternal newborn and child mortality.
According to Saraki, the Newborn Champion for Save The Children Nigeria, also serves as a Global Goodwill Ambassador to the International Confederation of Midwives.
‘’The Federal Ministry of Health’s Integrated Maternal, Newborn and Child Health, IMNCH, strategy was conceived to revitalise primary health care in every local government and considerably extend coverage of key maternal and child health in the country, but there is still a huge gap that needs to be closed.
Participants that proffered solutions also noted the importance of public/private partnerships, inter-sectoral collaboration and community participation that are key to reforming primary health care and highlighted the importance of skill mix and capacity building as strategies to improve quality maternity services in primary health care.

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