The UNFPA Communication Analyst in Nigeria, Ms Ololade Daniel, says the fund will strengthen its reproductive healthcare services in Borno to improve the quality of lives of citizens.
Daniel said this at the distribution of “Safe clean’’ and “Dignity kits’’ to expectant mothers at the Mala Kachallah Hospital in Maiduguri.
She advised spouses to embrace antenatal and child spacing services being provided by various healthcare delivery facilities in the state.
The official commended the Borno Government for boosting the health sector and enjoined healthcare workers to scale up their commitment in delivering quality services to the people.
Daniel explained that the team was in the state on a five-day official visit to attend the North East high level humanitarian stakeholders meeting to address the plight of IDPs.
She added that they would also assess the reproductive healthcare and humanitarian support services, and identify areas for possible intervention.
The Matron in charge of the 30-bed-capacity health facility, Hajiya Zara Mahdi, told the team that the hospital was inaugurated on Oct. 20, 2001.
Mahdi said the hospital was rendering maternity, antenatal, delivery and family planning services, among others, to residents.
According to her, the hospital records about 1,000 women attending antenatal clinic with about 70 deliveries every month.
The matron added that the facility provides antenatal guidance and counselling services as well as family planning commodities.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) also reports that Mrs Hauwa Mohammed, a 22-year-old housewife, who delivered a 3.3kg baby boy during the visit, received a dignity kit.
The woman told the team that she has three children from two deliveries, both undertaken in health facilities.
Her husband, Malam Bulama Goni-Bukar, expressed appreciation for the gesture and urged UNFPA to increase and sustain the support.
Similarly, Mrs Fatima Mohammed, a 27-year-old housewife, told NAN that she was in the hospital to register for family planning with the consent of her husband.
Mohammed, who was carrying a two-month old baby, explained that she had eight pregnancies with two miscarriages in her life.
“Me and my husband decided to embrace child spacing because of the health stress and economic challenges we are facing,’’ she said.
NAN further reports that health workers, including nurses, midwives and birth attendants, were seen delivering antenatal lectures to expectant women, counselling lactating mothers.
The health workers were seen taking deliveries and distributing reproductive health commodities, among other services being supported by UNFPA in the state. (NAN)

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