The World Health Organisation’s (WHO) 2014 report has stated that the maternal mortality rate in Nigeria is 560 deaths per 100,000 live births and one-third of all global maternal deaths are concentrated in two populous countries which includes Nigeria, after India.
This was revealed, weekend, by the executive director of Women Advocates’ Research and Documentation Centre (WARDC), Dr Abiola Akiyode Afolabi at the “National Roundtable: Sustainable Development Goals Gender Equality and Maternal Health” in Abuja.
She said women in Nigeria still face financial barriers, infrastructural and institutional barriers in accessing adequate maternal healthcare and are still been detained for inability to pay high user fees and lose their lives in the process.
“The 2014 millennium Development Goals report almost one-third of all global maternal deaths are concentrated in two populous countries: India, with an estimated 50,000 maternal deaths (17%) and Nigeria, with an estimated 40,000 maternal deaths (14%) while the WHO 2014 report on maternal mortality states that Nigeria’s MMR is 560 deaths per 100,000 live births.”
She lamented that Nigeria ranks 118 of 134 countries in the gender equality index, as fewer girls are enrolled in school in schools compared with boys.
Disturbingly too, women make up only 21% of the non-agricultural paid labour force as majority of women are are concentrated in casual, low-skilled, low paid informal sector employment with only 7.2 % of women owning land that they farm, which limits their access to credit and entrepreneurship as well as business activities.
By: Kuni Tyessi
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