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Rivers Records Decline In Birth Attendants, Hospital Deliveries

Health workers and medical experts have expressed worry over the decline in skilled Birth attendants and hospital delivery in the state.

At the seminar organized by the Rivers State Primary Health Care Management Board (PHCMB) in Port Harcourt with the theme, “Scaling-up skilled Birth attendance and Hospital delivery in Rivers State” it was indicated that out of 74% deliveries recorded in the state in 2018 only 47% were delivered in approved hospital.

Statistics also show that out of the 67% of pregnant mothers who visited hospitals for maternal cases, 57% came from the urban women; 81% of expectant mothers received antenatal care in hospitals and health care facilities with 61% deliveries in urban health facilities while 26% were in the rural areas of the state.

Statistics also showed that 3% deliveries were recorded in 2014, 12% in 2015, 3.7% in 2016 while 4.3% and 3.9% were recorded in 2017 and 2018 respectively.

Dr. Lulenne Darlington Nwoke who delivered a paper on behalf of the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Health, Mrs. Helen Wali spoke on the need to scale up birth attendance and deliveries in hospitals in the state, stressing that the “Saving one million lives programme for Result” which was designed by the Federal Ministry of health and adopted by the state is aimed at ensuring that large number of Nigerians received adequate medical care in approved hospitals in the state.

Permanent Secretary, Rivers State Primary Health Care Management Board (PHCMB), Dr. Harry, who spoke to newsmen, said the summit was aimed at finding solution to the poor patronage of hospitals by pregnant women in the state, which leads to maternal mortality.

He appealed to women to visit and deliver their babies under skilled hands in approved hospitals.

Harry noted that the various challenges during the interactive forum will form part of the recommendations to the state government, insisting that patients in the state should continue to pay health services in the government hospitals and health centres until the state government approves health insurances policy for the state.

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