World Population Day: Nigeria still battles high maternal mortality rate —NPC

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Acting Chairman of the National Population Commission, Mr. Yusuf Anka, says Nigeria still lags behind in the Cairo Commitment, with its high maternal mortality rate.

Anka said this at the commemoration of the 2019 World Population Day on Thursday in Abuja, with the theme: 25 years of ICPD: Accelerating the promise.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports the International Conference on Population and Development was held in Cairo where an agreement was reached by 179 countries.

Anka noted that the critical issue facing Nigeria was how far the country had fared in meeting the targets of the Cairo Summit and what measures have been put in place to accelerate the full implementation of the ICPD Programme of Action.

He said in spite of all the improvements, modern contraceptive prevalence rate was still very low, unmet needs in family planning still high and female genital mutilation still prevalent.

“As a data generating agency of government, the National Population Commission, with her partners has been tracking the performance of the country through various surveys.

“Celebrating 25 years of ICPD is akin to extolling the conscientious focus on individual well-being as against targets,” he said.

Mr Eugene Kongnyuy, United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) Country Representative, said women have the right to make their own decisions about whether, when or how often to become pregnant.

Kongnyuy gave an analogy of women’s right in comparison to chicken.

“In Cairo, we imagined a future in which every pregnancy is wanted because every woman and girl will have the autonomy over her own body.


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