By Emma Una
CALABAR —PROFESSOR Adenike Grange, former Minister of Health, has said short life expectancy caused by high infant and maternal mortality rate was one of the major challenges facing the country’s healthcare delivery system.
Grange, who stated this at Calabar, Cross River State, yesterday, in her keynote address at the 19th Professor Bassey Andah Memorial Lecture, noted that the bulk of healthcare delivery challenges relate to issues encountered in the process of reducing maternal and child mortality rate which has become intractable.
She said: “From the womb to the tomb, there are clinical conditions, which could be prevented jointly by the patient and the healthcare team and a well-spaced family through the use of family planning will ensure that babies have a better chance of survival which is not the case in most Nigerian societies.”
She said misplaced priorities by parents and the absence of effective health care delivery in primary and secondary healthcare facilities and even tertiary health care institutions, which have become mere referral centres, were worsening the healthcare system in the country.