By Abel Leonard Nzwanke| Lafia
NOT fewer than 830 women die on daily basis during pregnancy and nutritional related issues in the world, with African having the highest prevalence rate.
Nurse, Mercy Aso, revealed this on Tuesday in Lafia while delivery keynote lecture at the opening ceremony of five days intensive Mandatory Continuing Professional Development Programme (MCPDP) organized for Nurses across the state and beyond.
According to Mrs. Aso, lot of women are suffering from nutritional deficiency that leads to the death of many during pregnancy or at delivery period, hence the need to focus attention on the health nutrition of mothers and their children to reduce the prevalent cases by way of educating them through Nurses who always relate closely with them.
“If a woman is not properly educated, she will definitely lacks the technical know how of taking care of her children.
“There are lot of women suffering from nutrition and statistics have shown that on a daily basis, 830 women globally died of pregnancy and nutritional related issues, and out of these figures, 99 per cent are from the sub- Sahara region which we part of it”, she explained.
The facilitator, urged government to refocus and redirect resources to meet up with the SDGs bench mark, urging the government to redirect its spending on health particularly maternal nutrition.
“Our spending as government is not directed on nutrition, but infrastructure and others things which don’t form the foundation for life.
“We shouldG redirect our budgetary allocation, the percentage we spend on nutrition must be look at, and how much is released to nutrition.
“Health worker need to be supported to go for regular training and retraining, because Society is changing and demand is rising, we cannot be relevant with old ideas, so education be prioritised”, she reiterated.
Earlier, Mr. Alanana Kigbu, who double as the state facilitator and representative of the permanent secretary, Nasarawa state ministry of health, thanks the 120 participants who registered in the mandatory training, adding that the module selected for exercise was carefully chosen to commemorate with what is happening nation wide and international that concerns maternal nutrition and contraceptive technology.
He added that the committee moved in that direction in order to curtail the harmful diseases affecting the public, advised them not to keep the lessons to be learnt during the five days training, but dispense them to other people in their various communities so as to salvage cases of maternal nutrition in the state and country at large.