Malomo says the incidence of maternal mortality is worrisome

Prof. Adefolarin Malomo, the Chairman of the Oyo State branch of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), on Wednesday, advised Nigerians to donate blood voluntarily to pregnant women, in order to reduce deaths during labour.

Malomo stated this in Ibadan while lamenting the incidence of maternal mortality, especially at the point of delivery.

According to him, the situation was of great concern to medical practitioners, as some causes of death were avoidable and only occurred due to ignorance among patients, poverty, poor management of medical resources and poor communication and lack of information among the citizenry.

He said that if pregnant mothers could go early to the hospitals and health centres, their health problems would be detected early and some of them addressed.

He further advised that Nigerians should learn to donate blood to women when they are in serious need, and inculcate habits of basic hygiene, nutrition, care and immunisation.

?Most of our health problems are not about money or big machines. Most of them are about simple hygiene, simple understanding and early reporting,” Malomo revealed. ?So, I will say if we inform our people and they attend their ante-natal clinic, and problems are picked, and they go to where they are referred, this will help greatly.? 

He said Nigerian philanthropists should also support health institutions, as the government could not do it alone.

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