Metro Nigeria Records 40,000 Maternal Deaths Yearly - US



The United States Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr James Entwistle, on Friday said no fewer than 40, 000 maternal deaths were recorded in Nigeria annually.

Mr. Entwistle said in Lagos that many pregnant women in Nigeria often delay in seeking health care until potentially life-threatening conditions arose.

“There are 40,000 maternal deaths per year in Nigeria. We believe that no mother should die from preventable causes.


“The excessively high maternal, neonatal and under-five death rates are reflections of inadequate availability and access to quality health services,’’ he said.

He expressed his government’s readiness to partner General Electric (GE), a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), in bringing quality health services to women and children in the country.

The envoy also said that his government, through USAID, had for many years been partnering Nigeria in improving health services as well as in educating Nigerians on the importance of health care.