Mrs el-Rufai advocates quality education for girl-child

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By; JACOB ONJEWU DICKSON
Wife of the Kaduna State Governor, Aisha el-Rufai has called on stakeholders to seek measures that would prevent pregnant women from dying, as well as pursue the path of quality education to the girl-child.
Mrs El-Rufai made the call at the sensitisation meeting of Religious and Traditional Leaders on Girl-Child Education and Maternal Mortality Reduction on Thursday in Kaduna.
She said access to health care during pregnancy, childbirth and the post natal period is key to saving the lives of women and their children.
She added that most deaths attributed to the period of maternity are preventable.
“They are mainly due to insufficient care during pregnancy or delivery or community factors which prevents the women from seeking care at the health facility and eventual delivery at homes.
“Direct causes of maternal death such as haemorrhage, infection, obstructed labour, hypertensive disorder in pregnancy, and malaria which increases the risk for maternal mortality must be tackled squarely through concerted efforts.
She said the burden of tackling the mortality rate must not be left to the government and implementing partners alone.
Earlier in his speech, the Emir of Zazzau said the leaders will carry campaign to their domain to ensure the effort succeeds in the state and country as a whole.
He said the high maternal mortality rate in the country of which the state contributes significantly has been of huge concern.
“It is said that 111 women die everyday in the country due to pregnancy related causes. This number is dismally high and something must be done by all in order to witness a downward trend.”
He called on the state government and relevant agencies to tackle the challenges faced in rural communities such as limited health facilities, inadequate trained health care providers on new strategies for delivery of quality healthcare in health facilities.
He also listed unavailable supplies for adequate delivery of high impact interventions in facilities at the time of critical demand and non continuous availability of essential commodities at community health facilities.
The sensitisation meeting was organised by the state Ministry of health in collaboration with the United Nations Population Fund.

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