Maternal mortality rate in Nigeria has been on the increase since 2013 with no present hope of a reversal. According to Isibor who shared this sad news, what was supposed to be a time of celebration for a Nigerian man has turned into mourning following the death of his wife who lost her life after she gave birth to a set of triplet.
Below is what he wrote…
“We must appreciate the women who put their lives on the line just to bear us children. Mothers must be celebrated as long as they live.
“A friend of Kola Edokpayi lost his dear wife after she was born of these angels. While we pray that God comforts and the family left behind. He needs some support to help cater for the needs of these little ones.
“Amafe Jessica and Kola Edokpayi can be reached if you want to offer some help.
Nigeria’s high maternal mortality rate was recently confirmed by a new report which revealed that about 400,000 women die every year in the country from childbirth related complications.
The report presented by the Chairman of the Association for the Advancement of Family Planning (AAFP), Dr. Ejike Oji, indicated that the nation’s maternal mortality ratio has hit 576 deaths out of every 100,000 live births daily.
Dr. Oji, who stated this ahead of the Fourth Family Planning Conference in November 2016, said this makes Nigeria the country with the second highest cases of maternal mortality in the world after India. Unfortunately, the report also pointed out that this is a reversal of achievements recorded as at December 2013 when the rate was reported to have dropped to 224 deaths per 100,000 live births.
Most of the deaths, the latest report said, are associated with poor family planning strategies. It also said that some of the deaths occur in high-risk pregnancies, including young girls with obstructed labour. Other highlights of the report include the fact many young girls with unwanted pregnancies die from complications arising from procuring abortions.
Also, women who have too many children could easily bleed to death after delivery. The report equally said that some pregnancies are very close together and chances of bleeding to death are remarkably high after delivery.