The National Primary Healthcare Development Agency wants governments at all levels to work tirelessly on preventing deaths of women from preventable diseases.
The agency made this known, while meeting with the Taraba state government on a strategic partnership against maternal deaths.
Nigeria’s mortality ratio in 2015 stood at 814 deaths per 100,000 live births.
A joint report by the United Nations International Children’s Fund, the World Health Organization, the United Nations Population Fund, and World Bank reveals a staggering rise in maternal deaths between 2011 and 2015.
The National Primary Healthcare Development Agency is now focused on bringing maternal deaths to its barest minimum by next year.
The Taraba state government spoke on successes already recorded in maternal healthcare delivery and outlined ways a partnership with the Primary Healthcare institution will benefit the state.
The state also unveiled intentions to continue with primary healthcare support in areas other than personnel training and provision of new equipment.
The Healthcare Development Agency also gave a scorecard on Taraba’s female mortality prevention efforts.
Residents want healthcare services made free by the authorities.
Healthcare delivery in many rural Nigerian communities is not easily accessible.
The proposed partnership between the Primary Healthcare Development Agency and Taraba is aimed at putting this challenge to rest in all of the state’s sixteen local government areas.