The Ogun State Government has reactivated the long abandoned technical working group in the reproductive health care sector to tackle maternal mortality rate in the State.
The government said the resuscitation of the working group had become imperative to meet the demands of reproductive health needs in the state with respect to maternal and child health and adolescent reproductive health.
The Director of the Ogun State Primary Health Care Development Board, Dr. Sani Sanimot Bola made this disclosure at a meeting with Reproductive Health Coordinators in the State, held in Abeokuta.
She said the state with the support of The Challenge Initiative (TCI) is reactivating the technical working group with the view to providing quality reproductive health services for the people.
Sani disclosed that the technical working group has its chairman as the executive secretary of the State Primary Health Care Board, members from the Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Welfare, partners that are assisting health projects in the state, especially on maternal health.
Other members are from the State Ministry of Health, representatives from the local government areas, Association of the Reproductive Health Nurses, Health Educators and media practitioners.
According to the recent Nigeria Demographic and Health Survey, NDHS report, the country has an annual population growth rate of 3.2 percent, high total fertility rate of 5.5 percent. The report predicted that Nigeria’s population will double by 2050 if nothing is urgently done.