Nigeria Rights Commission to convene national dialogue on maternal care

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The Executive Secretary of NHRC says the commission is willing to extend its mandate to include maternal and child health care.

Worried about the situation of maternal and infant mortality across Nigeria, the National Human Rights Commission, NHRC, has said it will convene a national dialogue on Respectful Maternal Care.

The commission said in Abuja on Friday that it will include critical stakeholders to map out strategies for the implementation of Respectful Maternal Care in all spheres of the country.

Nigeria ranks high on the list of countries with high maternal and infant death rates with a ratio of 545-630 per 100,000 live births on the maternal mortality index and 75 per 1,000 live births on the infant mortality index, according to the United Nations, UN.

Receiving a team of delegates from the White Ribbon Alliance for Safe Motherhood in Nigeria, WRAN, the Executive Secretary of the NHRC, Bem Angwe, said the commission is willing to consider issues surrounding maternal and child health care in Nigeria. Some of the issues include detention of women with their babies in health facilities as a result of non-payment of the medical fees, among others.

Mr. Angwe said WRAN’s visit to the commission signals the beginning of a strategic partnership that will culminate in the drafting of a Memorandum of Understanding to spell out a working relationship for the implementation of respectful Maternity Care in Nigeria.

The National Coordinator of WRAN, Tonte Ibraye, commended the NHRC for their support and presented the recommendations of the Respectful Maternity Care charter created by her agency.

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