WorldStage Newsonline-- United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and UNH4 in collaboration with the Canadian Government donated maternal health commodities and medical equipment to the tune of US$6.2 million to the Federal Government of Nigeria.
The donation of the maternal health commodities and equipment was made possible by UNFPA through the Global Programme on Reproductive Health Commodity Security and UNH4 with support from the Canadian Government.
The intervention is part the support from Government and Development Partners’ to scale up access to life-saving commodities that are necessary to accelerate reductions in maternal, neonatal and child mortality and morbidity and improve Nigeria’s health outcomes to enhance the achievement of the health related MDGs, particularly MDGs 4, 5 and 6.
The commodities were handed over to the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) for distribution to the health facilities benefitting from the Midwives Service Scheme and SURE-P in six focal states namely Lagos, Kebbi, Cross Rivers, Kaduna, Adamawa and Ebonyi States.
The commodities being donated include Magnesium Sulphate for managing Eclampsia in pregnancy (which is the cause of about 11% of maternal deaths), Oxytocin drugs for use of prevention of Postpartum Hemorrhage (which accounts for about 23% of maternal deaths in Nigeria). Other essential medicines being donated include Contraceptives, Antibiotics, and medical equipment such as Resuscitation tables, Midwifery kits, Abdominal Retractors, Autoclaves for sterilization of surgical equipment and Surgical gowns, all of which will help to enhance the quality of maternal health services.
These donations of medical equipment and essential medicines are in addition to investments by UNFPA and Canadian Government in capacity building and training of health providers to the tune of over US$4 million in 2013.