Wife of former Senate President, Mrs Toyin Ojora-Saraki, says timely healthcare is vital for the survival of both mother and child in the country.
Ojora-Saraki stated that the availability of the right medical personnel and equipment will go a long way to reducing maternal and child deaths in Nigeria.
She spoke on Friday at the maiden edition of the PUNCH Digital Town Hall with the theme ‘Strengthening the Nigerian Maternal and Child Health through Clinical and Community-based Interventions’.
According to her, pregnant women and new births should receive care at the right time. “No woman should be subjected to harmful practices during ante-natal, labour, childbirth” she stressed.
The Founder and President of Wellbeing Foundation Africa, an organisation created with the aim of improving health outcomes for women, infants, and children, added that quality nutrition for both mother and child is also crucial in this regard.
She said a sizeable percentage of mother and child deaths are “preventable annually” with the right measures including adequate healthcare facilities.
“We must see an increase of healthcare facilities in Nigeria that ensures that people do not contract infections when they visit these facilities,” she added.
Ojora-Saraki, therefore, called for radical new ways of thinking and clinical innovation to ensure high rate of maternal survival in the country.
The conversation which was moderated by communications strategist, Mr. Chido Nwakanma, also featured other speakers including journalist, policy and development expert, Rotimi Sankore; amongst others.
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