The Kano State Governmentnt announced on Thursday that 27,490 babies were born in health facilities across the state.
Kano State Hospital Management Board Chief Nasiru Alhasan said this while pointing out the free distribution of medical equipment to health facilities in the state.
At the event, Mr. Alhassan, who was represented by Chief Medical Officer, Sulaiman Hamza, said that of the 27,490 babies, 681 were born by Caesarean section.
But the number of babies born in the state during the reporting period is likely to be significantly higher at 27,490. Kano State has one of the lowest rates of pregnant women using health facilities during childbirth .
Only 21.5% – two in ten – of deliveries in Kano State are attended by skilled birth attendants, according to a report titled Primary Health Care in Nigeria – A Case Study of Kano State, revealed in 2020 .
The research was conducted by Nigeria Health Watch and covered 49 facilities in 44 local government areas of the state.
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The report indicates that the percentage of facilities that offer maternal and child health (MNCH) services is very low.
Mr. Alhassan commended partners for their support, urging non-governmental organizations, civil society organizations and individuals to contribute in this direction.
Infant and maternal mortality rates in Kano are among the highest in the country. Maternal mortality in Kano, according to the state government, is 1,025 deaths per 100,000 live births.
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