By: PATRICK TITUS, Uyo
The Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) Akwa Ibom State branch, has risen to reduce the high index of maternal mortality in the state through the Maternal Mortality Reduction Programme (MMRP).
MMRP is a training program for health workers incorporating emergency obstetric care and other measures capable of reducing maternal mortality.
With the acronym, MMRP, the programme which started on Wednesday at St Luke’s General Hospital, Uyo, provided on site expertise and guidance via teaching modules which were practical and holistic.
Speaking at the opening session, the state branch chairman of NMA, Dr Nsikak Nyoyoko stated that the maternal mortality rate in Nigeria was at 814 per 100,000 live births and it contributed 14% of the world’s total. Making Nigeria the second highest contributor to maternal mortality in the world.
The NMA chairman revealed that most of these deaths and injuries were entirely preventable. Dr Nyoyoko highlighted the five major causes of maternal mortality as follows:*Haemorrhage (contributing 23% of maternal mortality )*Postpartum infection/sepsis (17%)*Unsafe Abortion and it’s complications (11%) *Hypertensive diseases (11%) and*Obstructed Labour (11%).
Dr Nsikak Nyoyoko noted that one of the underlying factors responsible for this unacceptable high maternal mortality rate was the dearth of up to date life-saving skills among health workers in line with contemporary medical practice; hence the need to retrain health workers in Akwa Ibom State on life-saving emergency obstetric skills. Other facilitators who trained the health practitioners at the session were Dr Chris Opone – Consultant Obs/Gyn UUTH; Dr Victor Edemekong -consultant OBS/Gyn. UUTH;Dr Attah Essien – Snr Registrar, OBS/ Gyn. UUTH; Dr Emmanuel John – Reg, OBS/Gyn UUTH and Pharm. Victor Amaike who made a presentation on antibiotics.
The NMA Chairman said the programme is scheduled to hold in Six selected teaching, general and cottage hospitals in the state as a way of contributing to the overall well being of the people.