Sunday, 5 June 2016




Health workers in Anambra State have been strongly advised to take data statistic collation seriously, as data statistics is the only way to ascertain the Health standard of the State. And the result of these data statistics will help the Donor agencies and health partners in the state to know the result of their efforts and also where to channel their resources more.


The Hon. Commissioner for Health Dr. Joe Akabuike emphasised on this during a one day training of the reproductive health staff in the 21 local government area of the state on Maternal Perinatal Death Surveillance and Response (MPDSR) in The State Ministry Of health conference hall, Awka.


Applauding the trainees for their efforts so far not minding the challenges, advised them to put more effort because that will be the only way to ascertain the health state of the people whether its moving forward or backward at any particular time in order to know where to channel their limited resources, thereby attracting more help from Donor Agencies who works only with data statistics.


Dr. Onyejembe who is the chairman of Maternal Perinatal Death Surveillance Response State team described MPDSR as maternal mortality death of pregnant women or women that delivers and died or a child that died immediately after birth or 42 days after delivery. Stating that, the exercise is a qualitative in depth investigation into the causes and circumstances surrounding the death of pregnant women, new born and still births.


The Chairman pointed out the causes of these deaths which varies from poverty, bad road network, widely use of traditional medical system amongst others. But if this exercise commences, it will drastically reduce the mortality rate of pregnant women, their child and the rate of Stillbirth in the society.


The Director Public Health and Disease Control Dr. Chinonye Okafor, analysed the necessary steps that is expected of them in the state level and that of the Local Government, where the local government Reproductive Health Staff are expected to go down to the communities under them to identify Medical and non-medical contributing factors that led to the death of the woman, child or stillbirth and proffer a way to avoid it and also develop recommendation for preventing future reoccurrence and immediate implementation of pertinent recommendation.


Mrs Ebele Anene, Programme Officer Reproductive Health, detailed the steps to be taken in establishing Maternal and Perinatal Death Surveillance Response (MPDSR) and the various people that will constitute members of forum which have been set up in the State.


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