The Emir of Shonga, Dr. Haliru Ndanusa, has disclosed that over 300 women die every week on maternal/child mortality related issues stressing that traditional institutions have crucial roles to play in curbing the menace.
Dr. Ndanusa spoke yesterday at the Ilorin Emir’s Palace at a sensitization /advocacy programme organised by the Sultanate Foundation for Peace and Development in conjunction with the UNDP/WHO.
No fewer than 500 traditional chiefs across the Ilorin Emirate who participated at the workshop were admonished to effect positive change in their respective environment to further safe more lives among their subjects. He urged community leaders to always take proper record of both birth and death rates in their areas in order to allow government make adequate provisions for their well-being.
The Emir who also condemned marriage with underage females noted that such attitude has contributed immensely to the significant rise in maternal mortality in the nation urging parents and community leaders to assist in curbing the menace in their domains.
He however stressed that adequate campaigns and awareness among residents will go a long way in eradicating the menace adding that “it was the prompt intervention of myself and the Emir of Ilorin, Alhaji Ibrahim Sulu-Gambari, that made the polio immunization programme for children to be accepted among the people.”
Dr. Ndanusa also urged parents especially boring mothers to embrace family planning as well as child spacing in order to ensure the well-being of themselves and their children for better living condition even as he urged community leaders to always hold medical officers in their areas accountable for non-performance.
He therefore identified lack of adequate education, poverty and negligence among parents as the major causes of high death rate Africa and therefore urged residents to cooperate with the community leaders in the strides to tackle the menace.
In his reaction, the Magaji Ngeri of Ilorin Alhaji Mohammed Jamiu Adebayo, urged stakeholders in the health sector to expedite actions towards giving patient qualitative healthcare facilities stressing that the downtrodden deserves alot from the government.
Meanwhile, the Magaji Nda of Ilorin, Alh. Saliu Woru Mohammed, advocated that adequate sanction must be metted on whoever found victim of getting married to under-age female adding that government at all levels must champion the cause for the betterment of the society.