By Stanley Onyekwere
The Society of Gynaecology and Obstetrics of Nigeria (SOGON) has expressed excitement for reduction in the maternal mortality ratio in the FCT through the implementation of the Maternal and Perinatal Death Surveillance and Response (MPDSR) project
Making this position known, President of SOGON, Prof. Oluwarotimi Akinola commended the FCT Administration for its efforts in reducing the maternal mortality ratio in the FCT to below the national average.
He revealed that the national average in 2008, 2013 and 2018 were 545/100,000, 576/100,000 and 512/100,000 respectively.
Akinola, who led delegation of Executive members of the Society on a courtesy visit to the FCTA, revealed that the Society introduced the MPDSR in 6 health facilities of the FCT, namely Nyanya , Bwari and Kwali General Hospitals and the Primary Healthcare centers at Kwali, Gbadalape and Kogo.
According to him, in Bwari Area Council, the maternal mortality ratio was reduced from 504/100,000 in 2014 to 468/100,000 in 2019, while maternal mortality was reduced from 317/100,000 in 2014 to 221/100,000 in 2019 in Nyanya, while the figures dropped in Kwali Area Council from 329/100,000 in 2014 to 268/100,000 in 2019.
He added that the project has increased consciousness and accountability of health workers as the hospital and Primary Health Care staff have become more conscious on issues relating to maternal and perinatal deaths.
He also commended the FCTA for the establishment of a budget line for the MPDSR programmes in the FCT, adding that the FCT was the first state in the country to do so.
While responding, the FCT Minister, Malam Muhammad Musa Bello reiterated the commitment of the FCT Administration to the development of Primary healthcare centers in the FCT.
Bello informed the Society that in furtherance of efforts to improve services at the primary Health care level, the FCTA recently employed 203 volunteer midwives and Community Health Extension workers.
He however called on the Society to work very closely with the Health and Human Services Secretariat of the FCTA and the Office of the Hon. Minister of State for the continual provision of maternal healthcare services to the women of the FCT.
The Minister also appealed to medical doctors not to embark on strike actions especially as the world is fighting the COVID-19 pandemic, adding that those most affected by industrial actions are the more vulnerable members of society including women requiring maternal care.
Also speaking, the Chairman, House Committee on Health Hon (Dr) Tanko Sununu had commended the FCT Administration for the construction of the road leading to the offices of the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria and the National Center for Disease Control.