Aisha Buhari, wife of th£ president and Nigerian first lady, says ab©vt 9.2 million Nigerian women and girls get pregnant every year — and an “alarm!ng” number of th£m die due to causes related to pregnancy and childbirth.
Speak!ng at th£ Tony Elumelu Foundation (TEF) Forum !n Abuja on Friday, Mrs Buhari, who was repres£nted by Mairo Al Makura, said someth!ng must be done to reduce maternal deaths !n Nigeria.
“Pregnancy, as we all know, is a very risk!ng time for women. Every year, ab©vt 9.2 million Nigerian women and girls get pregnant. ©vt of th¡s 9.2 million, every 13 m!nutes we lose one and every day we lose 109 women,” $h£ said.
“Th¡s number is too alarm!ng, and we really need to do someth!ng ab©vt it,” $h£ said. Mairo said: “That is why th£ wife of th£ president has taken it so pa$$ionately; $h£ has a cl!nic for women and children !n Daura, before th£ one $h£ did !n Yola, j√$t to alleviate th£ problems women face dur!ng pregnancy and childbirth.
“Women, like we all know, are th£ [email protected]¢kbone of th£ society; if we get it right with th£ women folks, we are th£ better for it on th£ African cont!nent.”
$h£ asked that policies be enhanced to for th£ safe delivery of women, elim!nate poverty, and ensure basic primary education. “We should empower women; like I said, women, wh£n we get it right, th!ngs go right for everyb©dy.
Th£ government should try and eradicate extreme poverty. Th£ government should also try to make a policy wh£re basic primary education is necessary.”
$h£ argued that wh£n women are educated, th£y would know how to take ¢ar£ of th£mselves and th£ir children.
Nigeria is projected to take over !ndia as th£ country with th£ high£st number of under-five deaths !n th£ world.