Van Persie Bruhaha and the Child

Reporting from Nigeria: Mercy Abang

Maternal Mortality in Nigeria

Maternal Mortality in Nigeria

It is ok to keep talking and ranting on social media about failed government policies and programs, it is also cool to get a little angry over Van Persie’s decison to switch between clubs even when many believed he was absolutely loyal to Arsenal. I want us to tweet, facebook, and use as many social media platforms we can access to deliberate on saving the child. The alarming facts over maternal mortality  is troubling, a situation where each day 144 Nigerian women die in childbirth, which is equivalent to one death every 10 minutes.

I attended a function organised by Save The Children in Abuja and for the first time I realised the Nigerian woman is at the receiving end, the girl child is clueless about reproductive health issues.

Only 3% of females complete secondary school in the Northern zonesof Nigeria and for a state like Kebbi, 94% of 15-24 year old have no knowledge of contraception.

This has resulted in Nigeria topping the map on global maternal deaths as a rate of 10%.

I am sure someone is wondering why did she state her article with Arsenal and Manchester, how is maternal deaths our problem? Whatcan we do? Do we look like the health minister? Or are we (Social media users)President Jonathan?

Let me answer some of the assumed FAQ’s. I need you and I to talk about the health hazards of our mothers, our wives and our sisters. As long as the stakes remain high, by the time you are done reading this article today, 700 Nigerian babies would have died.

Overhalf of all women in the North are married by the age of 16 and are expected to bear a child within the first year of marriage, if the women are provided with good health facilities as their counterparts in Norway, we would have achieved success.

Did you know that Norway is the best place to be another? Your tweets, blogs and facebook posts can make the difference.

So you know, Nigeria is Africa’s most populous country, highest annual number of maternal and newborn deaths across the continent.

Each year, 40,0001 women die during pregnancy and childbirth,and over 250,000 babies die in their first month of life.  Haemorrhageand hypertension are the leading causes of maternal deaths, and for newborns,complications during childbirth, preterm birth, and infections contribute to hundreds of thousands of lives being needlessly lost.

The country has to scale up the proportion of births attended to by qualified  midwives, which is now below 40 per cent. We should tweet about the issues surrounding why the maternal health index in Nigeria still looks bad amidst the efforts by Civil groups.

Social media has been a success believe it or not, it has served the voice of the voiceless and can be used to protect the Nigerian mother and child from preventable death if we bring the issues Maternal health to the fore.

“The Internet has been the most fundamental change during my lifetime and for hundreds of years.” – Rupert Murdoch #SocialMedia

“When you give everyone a voice and give people power, the system usually ends up in a really good place.” -Mark Zuckerberg #SocialMedia

Yes we can and we should give the Nigerian Child and mother a voice.

Please join the campaign to #SavetheChildren #Maternalhealth #Nigeria .

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