Wife of the Senate President, Mrs. Toyin Saraki, said currently, about 900,000 women and children die each year in Nigeria.
This has positioned the country as the second highest contributor to maternal and under-five deaths globally, second only to India.
She said this in Abuja at a strategic breakfast meeting for improved health in Nigeria.
Saraki, who is the Founder of Wellbeing Foundation Africa, a Non-Governmental Organisation, NGO, said on the strength of regional and global advocacy, the NGO has facilitated accessible and affordable healthcare for all, particularly women and children.
She added that in addition to encouraging proper nutrition, adequate immunisation and preventive healthcare for the populace, particularly in indigent rural communities, the foundation is fighting the high maternal and infant mortality problem through advocacy; multi-sector partnership; behavioural change, communication and social media interaction; Emergency Obstetrics and Newborn Care, EmONC, skills delivery and training projects and civic engagement to improve education.
Meanwhile, in an effort to stimulate discussion on key solutions to systemic failures in the public healthcare system, the Senate President, Senator Bukola Saraki, hosted the Wellbeing Foundation Africa and the World Bank Group to a strategic breakfast meeting.
At the meeting, Mrs. Saraki said “It is evident that far too many newborns, children, adolescents and women in Nigeria still die from preventable conditions every year and far too few have reliable access to quality health services.
‘‘To address this, it is imperative that increased focus be placed on client-held personal health records, which will facilitate the much needed accountability in the healthcare system as enshrined in the joint WHO and World Bank Group “Roadmap for Measurement and Accountability in Health” guidelines; the invaluable role of midwives and critical need for increased access to universal health coverage.’’

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