Ekiti state government has reiterated its commitment and interest in
eradicating maternal and perinatal death in Ekiti state.
The Commissioner for Health and Human Services, Dr. Oyebanji Filani
who was represented by the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Dr.
Folakemi Olomojobi stated this at the opening ceremony of one day
training on Community Based Maternal and Perinatal Death Surveillance
and Response Officers from the sixteen local government areas of the
state. The Commissioner said the death of a woman while pregnant or shortly
after birth and the death of a baby within the first week of life are
both tragic events of immense consequences to the family, community
and state which must be prevented by the commitments and
responsibilities of all stakeholders.
He echoed that Nigeria presently account for about 20% of global
maternal deaths and still with a still birth rate of 41.7/1000 birth
account for one of the highest rate of still birth in Africa and
Oyebanji reiterated that the state health insurance scheme
commissioned by the governor has taken off in all the sixteen local
governments in the state and urged pregnant women to register to
access quality health care that will facilitate satisfactory pregnancy
outcomes and prevent maternal or perinatal death.
Earlier, the chairman MPDSR State Steering Committee, Dr. Sunday Omoya
said the purpose of the training was to scale up MPDSR to the various
local government areas to ensure the commencement of appropriate audit
system that will significantly reduce maternal mortality in the state.
Goodwill messages were presented by some key stakeholders at the
training, including the Permanent Secretary of the State Primary
Health Care Development Agency, Pharmacist Olabisi Arogundade.