By Chioma Obinna
The Lagos State Government has commenced a 21-day life saving skill training for midwives in all the local government areas in the state as part of moves to curb high maternal mortality rate in the state.
This is coming on the heels of the establishment of a new media network on population and development, reproductive health, rights and gender equality by the state government in collaboration with the United Nations Population Fund, UNFPA.
The 21-day life saving skill, according to the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Health, Dr Adetoun Agbe-Davies, was aimed at equipping the midwives with decision-making and other clinical skills to be able to respond appropriately to obstetric emergencies.
Dr. Agbe-Davies who said Nigeria was among the countries in the world with high maternal mortality, disclosed that maternal mortality rate in Lagos was about 650 per 100,000 live births.
Reeling out other measures to check high maternal mortality rate, she said a functional 24- hour emergency obstetric care, free maternal and child care services, HIV screening and counselling, ante-natal and highly subsidised family planning services were in place in all local government and council development areas.
The new media network, which was established at the end of a three-day training workshop for print and electronic media is to empower and build the capacity of journalists to make and disseminate population data for development, empower women for effective management of gender-based violence and act as a catalysts for effective reproductive. health and sexuality education.
Zonal Head/Assistant Representative of UNFPA, Dr. Lucy Idoko represented by Mr. Olalere Ojedokun empahasied the need to raise awareness about the linkages between demographic changes, economic growth and social equity.