By Solomon Attah
In a bid to stem down the increasing rate of Maternal Mortality and other complications associated with child birth, the Marie Stopes International Nigeria (MSIN), a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) has donated 1,497 packs of misoprostol tablets worth N1million to the Nasarawa Government to help curb the risk pregnant women undergo in the state.
The Clinical and Training Officer of MSIN in Nasarawa, Nathaniel Oyona, while donating the drugs in Lafia, said the gesture was aimed at reducing risk of maternal mortality in the state.
“Based on investigation by experts, Nasarawa is one of the states with the highest maternal mortality rate in the North-Central zone.
“So, we decided to support the government by assisting pregnant women especially the poor ones that cannot afford to pay their bills,” he said.
He explained the focu of the NGO’s was to assist in tackling issues relating to sexual and reproductive health in Nigeria, hence the support in that regard.
Oyona said that the gesture had become imperative to support pregnant women since all attention seem to have shifted toward the fight against the novel Coronavirus pandemic.
He said, “the drugs helps to decrease the risk of bleeding and other complications during delivery,” he added.
He therefore, said that the NGO would not relent in its efforts to reduce maternal mortality rate in the Nigeria.
Receiving the donation on behalf of the state government, Ahmed Yahaya, the State Commissioner for Health, thanked the organisation for the gesture and promised to use it for the purpose it was meant for.
The commission who underscore the role of Marie Stopes in attaining to the health needs of Nigerians, urged them not to relent in their commitment to reduce risk during child delivery.