Nigeria is reasonably on course to achieve the target of MDGs on reducing child mortality with a fall from 100 per 1,000 to 75 per 1,000 live births between 2003 and 2008″ These are the words of President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan at the opening sesssion of the United Nations Millenum Development Goals meeting in New york.
President Jonathan, who was represented by the Minister for Health, Professor C.O. Onyebuchi Chuckwu, said that the issue of maternal health has been the most intractable and challenging, given that for most of the early years of the MDGs, Nigeria had recorded one of the highest maternal mortality ratios in the world, hovering at 800 maternal deaths per 100,000 live births.
Jonathan further said the recent data suggetsed that the country’s investments had recorded appreciable progress with a drop in the maternal mortality ratio to 545 maternal deaths per 100,000 births, adding that Nigeria was committed to making even faster progress.
He further noted that the federal government had undertaken a massive deployment of additional 2,488 midwives under the Midwifery Services Scheme (MSS) across the country to raise the proportion of births attended by skilled health workers.
The president further said that his government had embarked upon a community health insurance scheme aimed at improving access and healthcare delivery to pregnant women and under-five children, especially at the local level.
By: Abiodun Oluwarotimi, AllAfrica.com
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