75% of pregnant women deliver at home in Niger —Gov’s wife

A consultant gynecologist and wife of  Niger State governor, Dr Amina Abubakar Bello, has said 75 per cent of expectant mothers in the state gave birth at home instead of hospitals due to poor health care delivery system and poverty.

She  said this on Monday, while speaking at a  workshop for journalists on reproductive, maternal, newborn child and adolescent health, organised by the White Ribbon Alliance  in Minna, the state capital

Dr Bello also  said   that about 700 new born babies were recorded monthly at the new Neonatal Hospital, an extension of the General Hospital, Minna.

She said lack of accountability and proper supervision; traditional beliefs; inadequate manpower and health facility among others, were some of the factors affecting effective health care delivery system in the state.

The governor’s wife said, although, the state government recently employed about 440 health workers to augment the existing manpower in the health sector, the strength is inadequate taken.

She noted that of more concern were the shortage of specialised consultants to handle delicate emergency issues, adding that only  nine consultants were available in Minna,

Dr Bello said there was the need for the establishment of a primary health care centre in each of the 774 wards across the state and urged civil servants to key into the ongoing National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) ,to enable them  have access to  good  medical services

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