By Johnbosco Agbakwuru, Calabar
Cross River State government has announced that the state recorded zero child, maternal death in 2011.
Barrister Efiok Cobham, the state deputy governor, who disclosed this at the Congress of the African-Middle East Association of Gastroenterology, AMAGE, at the Tinapa Business and Leisure Resort, Calabar, said the feat was as a result of the state government’s efforts in the healthcare delivery.
Nigeria is said to have one of the highest infant and maternal mortality rate in the world at 74 deaths for per 1000 infants and 630 per 100,000 live births.
But Cobham said, “We are presently up scaling secondary and tertiary healthcare facilities in the state and have already concluded arrangements to establish a fully equipped Specialist healthcare facility in the state capital.”
The deputy governor, who spoke on behalf of Governor Liyel Imoke, the patron of the 6th congress of the association and the host, said the state government would participate in the congress fully because of its belief that it would not only be worthy hosts but also a full beneficiary of derivable benefits from the world specialists’ meeting.
He said, “As a fast developing state, we remain open for intervention from your association as may be appropriate.”
In his key note address, the Minister of Health, Prof. Onyebuchi Chukwu, represented by the Chief Medical Director of University of Calabar, Dr. Thomas Agan, said Nigeria would partner with medical bodies around the world to address the growing incidence of digestive disorders in Africa following changing lifestyles.