The Chief Medical Director of Barau Dikko Teaching Hospital, Kaduna State, Professor Abdulkadir Tabari, has implored pregnant women to utilise the 255 Primary Healthcare Centres (PHCs) in the 255 wards in the state to help reduce the scourge of child and maternal mortality.
He made the call in an interview lamenting that Nigeria has one of the highest burdens of maternal mortality with over 400 women per 100,000 live births dying annually.
The CMD said to address the issue of high mortality rate, be it maternal, infant or neonatal, that the primary, secondary and tertiary health care must be put into cognisance.
Tabari added that the 255 PHCs in all the wards have been renovated, equipped, upgraded, adequately staffed, and are in good working condition.
He stressed that the PHCs were supposed to be the first point of call for the women in terms of antenatal and delivery.
“All women in the communities are supposed to register for ante-natal and give birth in those facilities. And whenever they see any problem, they should go to secondary facilities which are over 31 in the state.
“Those cases that are difficult to handle in secondary facilities are the ones that are referred to us at the tertiary level because we have different specialised staff and departments that are ready to take care of the difficult cases,” he said.
The CMD frowned at referrals to the tertiary level from PHCs and decried the fact that patients most times go to the PHCs when issues have become complicated, adding that such sometimes leads to mortality.
He appealed to pregnant women to visit PHCs for delivery to get the best form of assistance and care from trained midwives.
SOURCE: Punch Healthwise