“60% of women in Adamawa give birth at home due to poverty, cultural practices”

No fewer than 60 percent of women in Adamawa State give birth at home due to poverty, religious, and cultural impediments, permanent secretary Adamawa State planning commission, Dr. Mary Paninga has disclosed.

Paninga made the disclosure while presenting situation analysis report on the overview of the conditions of women and children in Adamawa State at a workshop on harmonization of UNICEF support and activities in Adamawa state.

The workshop which took place in Yola on Thursday was attended by critical stakeholders from the health, education, WASH, child protection and Nutrition amongst other critical stakeholders.

“A number of women give birth at home especially in the rural areas. 60 percent of women give birth at home due to several factors; poverty, cultural and religious practices,” she said.

Paninga however noted that the state government is putting a lot of effort to roll back some of the disturbing statistics in the areas of poverty reduction, improving healthcare delivery, and enhancing infrastructure across all sectors in the state.

“Government is doing a lot in the area of poverty reduction that is why we have poverty alleviation agency so that women can take care of themselves when it comes to that issue and a lot of awareness programmes are being put by the state government,” she said.

She noted that the state has recorded tremendous successes in curtailing infant mortality rate by about 39.5% although she said a lot needs to be done to eradicate the menace completely.

Various presentations across the WASH, health, child protection and other critical sectors also identified the challenges facing women and children and also proffer ways to resolving them.

In his opening message, Opiyo Nixon, front office NCO-CFS UNICEF Nigeria, said the workshop was organized with a view to having a clear understanding and harmonizing the success of the UNICEF intervention with regards to the conditions of women and children in the state.

He noted that both the UNICEF offices in Borno and Bauchi states are intervening in Adamawa State in the areas of humanitarian work and development.

“We feel it is important to come together after the government did a situation analysis in order to understand how children are been affected and to support the government on how to address some of the observed challenges,” he said.

He added that the meeting will also help stakeholders to reach consensus on the key issues and proffer ways to harmonize available resources so as to address top priorities and to create room for cross fertilization of ideas as one agency can’t handle the daunting job.

In his address, Dr Tushar Rane, Chief of field office Bauchi UNICEF congratulated Adamawa State for coming up with situation analysis in collaboration with UNICEF.

He noted that the feat, “is a very good starting point to each of us because it will avail us information on the situation of women and children in the state and to harmonize our report.”

He said the meeting will look into a number of challenges women and children face in the state across all the identified sectors, identify gaps that need to be addressed and redirect and mobilize resources towards addressing them.

Declaring the event open, Governor Ahmadu Fintiri said the workshop could not have come at a better time considering the need to improve efficiency and achievement of results in the sector.

Represented by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Health, Mrs Rhoda Zira, the Governor lamented that the protracted humanitarian crisis in the North East including Adamawa State had devastated so many lives and livelihood especially children and women.

Governor Ahmadu Fintiri appreciated UNICEF for being a lead development partner on humanitarian crisis by giving priority to women and children, adding, “I tremendously support UNICEF towards improving the health of good people of Adamawa State “.

He reiterated that his administration will continue to work closely with UNICEF and other partners especially in the areas of investment in health, education, water and sanitation.

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