The Department for International Development (DFID) has said Nigeria has the highest number of maternal and child deaths per year in sub sahara Africa.
This was made known by the Regional Coordinator of DFID in the South West, Mr David Ukagwu, at a workshop organised by DFID in collaboration with a non-governmental organization, Mothers & Beyond (M&B) as part of intervention initiatives to reduce maternal, new-born and child mortality in Nigeria, charged the mass media to step up the reportage of maternal mortality to curb the scourge.
In a chat with news correspondent on the side-line of the workshop, Ukagwu said Nigeria had the highest number of maternal and new born deaths in sub-Sahara Africa and 33,000 women die from pregnancy complications in Nigeria every year.
Ukaguwu noted that over 70% of maternal and child deaths in Nigeria were preventable and called on government and stakeholders to ensure proper care for pregnant women to help safe delivery.
Ukagwu urged pregnant women to always seek medical attention at hospitals with quality medical officers.
The Executive Director of Mothers & Beyond, Bolaji Olagbaju, urged the media to create adequate awareness on the challenge.