The successful implementation of the pillars of safe motherhood is crucial to the attainment of Sustainable Development Goal 3 (SDG3), the Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire, has said.
SDG3 is aimed at reducing maternal mortality to less than 70 per 100,000 live births by 2030.
The minister stated this yesterday during the commemoration of the National Safe Motherhood Day commemorated by the ministry and other partners in Abuja.
He expressed the need for continuous community mobilisation and awareness creation among policy makers, as well as propramme managers.
While saying that the country’s current maternal mortality ratio had reduced from 576 per 100,000 live births in 2013 to 512 per 100,000 live births in 2018, Ehanire, however, said a lot needed to be done “if we must achieve or come anywhere close to SDG3.
“For a safe motherhood, we must ensure that there is skilled attendance at all births and every woman must have access to quality emergency obstetric care and quality reproductive healthcare, including family planning and safe post-abortion care.
“The federal government, through the Federal Ministry of Health, has been working closely with partners to ensure increased use of high quality Emergency Obstetric and Newborn Care (EmONC) aimed at swift reduction of maternal and neonatal mortality in Nigeria.”