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Maternal mortality: MSF conducts 90,000 deliveries, 6,000 VVF repairs in Jigawa

Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has carried out 90,000 deliveries, and 6, 000 successful Vesico Vaginal Fistula (VVF) repairs in Jigawa State towards reducing maternal morbidity and mortality in the state.

Medical Operations Senior Manager of MSF, Dr Marie-Hortense Koudika, stated this yesterday in Abuja after a workshop in collaboration with the Jigawa state government. MSF is an international non-governmental organization that provides humanitarian medical care.

Koudika said the organization which is also known as Doctors Without Borders also carried out 18,000 C-sections, 143,000 hospitalizations and 19,000 newborn admissions at the Jahun General Hospital in Jigawa State in collaboration with the Jigawa State government in the last 15 years. 

Head of mission MSF, Abdel Kader Issaly, said only half of pregnant women in Jigawa State attend antenatal with most of them delivering at home thereby making them susceptible to complications.

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The Commissioner of Health Jigawa State, Dr Muhammed Adbullahi Kainuwa said the Jigawa State government was working towards scaling up maternal health services across all facilities in the 27 local government areas of the state.

He said as a result of MSF intervention, patients come from neighbouring states like Kano, Katsina and even Niger Republic to access maternal care services.