Adolescents contribute 40% to maternal mortality, says minister

The Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire, has said adolescents contribute 40 per cent to the maternal mortality ratio in Nigeria.

Ehanire said the country experience a maternal mortality ratio of 512 per 100,000 live births.

The minister said this during the national advocacy meeting with commissioners of reproductive, maternal, newborn, child, adolescent and elderly health plus nutrition multi-stakeholders partnership coordination platform.

He said, “The national demographic survey shows that maternal mortality ratio is 512 per 100,000 live births and adolescent contributes 40 per cent to these deaths.

“Moving forward, the National Adolescent Health and Development technical working group will provide technical guidance to the Federal Ministry of Health towards the implementation of adolescent health and development policy.

“This will improve health and well-being of adolescent and young people in Nigeria”.

The World Health Organisation country representative to Nigeria, Walter Kazadi, added that the global body would continue to support the Nigerian government towards the reduction of the unacceptably high mortality rate among the vulnerable groups.

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