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By Joyce Remi- Babayeju

According to the new Multiple Clusters Survey, MICS5, Report key findings, the number of Nigerian women who deliver at health care facilities between 2016 and 2017 has dropped from 45.1% to 37.5%.

The new Key findings is the fifth round of MICS5 was carried out in 2016/2017 by the National Bureau of Statistics in collaboration with the National Primary Health Care Development Agency, NPHCDA, and National Agency for the Control of Aids, NACA, and the United Nations Children Fund, UNICEF as part of the global MICS programme.

UNICEF Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist, Maureen Zubie- Okolo presented the MICS5 Survey at a 2 – day media dialogues on Data Reporting disclosed on Reproductive Health in Nigeria in the last two years, institution deliveries that are the percentage of women who delivered in a health facility in Nigeria reduced from 45.1% to 37.5% and that skilled attendants at delivery reduced from 48.7% to 43% during the same period.

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According to Zubie- Okolo the Report interprets that more than 2 out of 5 deliveries were assisted by any skilled attendant, nearly 1 out of 2 deliveries were assisted by any other attendant and more than 1 out of 10 were not assisted during delivery respectively in the country.

The survey showed that in reproductive health, Nigeria still has stagnant or worsening situations among pregnant women in their health seeking seeking behaviours.

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The key findings on reproductive health shows that for antenatal care visit by residence, only 26.0% of women had first antenatal care visit during their first trimester in urban centres and 15.2% of women did the same in rural areas.

Also for assistance during delivery 43.0% of women delivery assisted by any skilled attendants, 45.1% delivery assisted by any other attendant such as Traditional Birth Attendant and 11.85% of women delivered with no attendant.

Speaking on the use of Data for effective reporting, Dr Nancy Katu- Ogundimu, Adjunt Professor at Ohio University commended the idea towards data reporting for journalists especially in Nigeria.

Katu- ogundimu said, ‘’it’s a right step for putting data for reporting in Nigeria, the problem we have is that we depend on government for everything. The government should not be at the centre collecting the data, and what are the universities doing?’’

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The Professor decried the low level of data collection and research in the country said that a lot of researches in other countries are driven by universities and private individuals.

According to her, Nigeria needs to promote data collection to formulate policies, adding that it makes it easier for journalists to monitor government’s policies for implementation.

She called on universities to work together with private research agencies to collect data for people to rely on.