The Nigeria Newborn Health Conference was convened to build synergy and commitment toward ending preventable newborn deaths and renewing the momentum for newborn survival.
The Ministry’s Director of Family Health, Dr. Balami Wonpada decried low efforts from both state and local governments, adding that since the local councils were closer to the people at the grassroots, the council should make it a mandate to prioritise the situation.
The Minister made the call in Abuja at the opening of a national conference on newborn health organised by the ministry in collaboration with stakeholders in the health sector.
Lancet Series finds major potential to improve maternal, newborn survival and reduce stillbirths in next decade.
In a bid to make treatment of diseases affordable for the poor, all beds in government hospitals in West Bengal were being turned into free, chief minister Mamata Banerjee announced on Wednesday.
Giving steroids to women who are about to give birth prematurely — a standard lifesaving medical practice in richer countries — may be useless or even dangerous in poor countries where most women give birth at home, amajor new study has found.
Although Nigeria has made some progress in reducing child mortality, the country is behind the 2015 target of 30.3 deaths per 1000 live births as against 61 deaths per 1,000 live births Nigeria recorded in 2012.
"The reality is that pregnant women are facing a double threat – dying from Ebola, and from pregnancy or childbirth, due to the devastating impact of Ebola on health workers and health systems."
Experts are now debating whether the funding balance needs to be adjusted to concentrate more on building general health systems in poor countries so they can withstand health crises like Ebola.
Two courses of antenatal corticosteroids can be administered to pregnant women with preterm premature rupture of membranes (PROM) without increasing the risk for neonatal sepsis, according to the article.