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Nigeria: ‘52,000 women die of birth complications annually’

A professional nurse,, has said about 52,000 women are dying annually in the country, due to health complications arising from child birth.

She said with lack of commitment to the health of its citizens, Nigeria was one of the countries that would not be able to meet the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) targets by 2015.

Professor Nasir a professor of Law at the University of Jos, said this in Kano, at the 2010 annual general meeting and scientific conference of the West African College of Nursing, Nigeria chapter.

She said available statistics had revealed that about 52,000 women are dying annually in the country, which, according to her, was as a result of health complications arising from child birth.

Eighty per cent of the death, according to her, occurred from complications that were preventable through adequate management.

She lamented the increasing rate of maternal mortality and child morbidity in the country, adding that it was regrettable that it was happening at a time when the global community was implementing the MDGs.

“In order to check this ugly trend, governments, at all levels, need to put in place cost effective interventions that are preventive and curative in nature,” she said.