The Bauchi State Primary Healthcare Development Agency says it recorded 872 Maternal and Perinatal Deaths in 123 health facilities from July 2022 to December 2022.
The Bauchi State Focal Person, Maternal and Perinatal Deaths Surveillance Review, Mrs. Jummai Inuwa, disclosed this at a two-day review meeting held in Bauchi.
The MPDSR is a form of continuous surveillance that links the health information system and quality improvement processes from local to national levels, which include routine identification, notification, quantification, and determination of causes and avoidability of all maternal and perinatal deaths, as well as the use of such information to respond with actions that will prevent future deaths.
The Pause and Reflection Meeting is a quarterly event organised by USAID-Integrated Health Programme (IHP) to ascertain activities, and identify issues and recommendations to expedite action in health and education sectors in the state.
Inuwa, therefore, said “Bauchi State MPDSR recorded 56 maternal and 816 perinatal deaths from July to December 2022.
“The MPDSR data is from 123 Primary Healthcare Centres (PHCs) and 20 general hospitals; 31 maternal and 330 perinatal deaths were reviewed within the stipulated period.
“General hospitals Toro, Ningi, and Azare recorded the highest maternal deaths with 14, 11, and six respectively, as general hospitals in Toro, Ningi, and Misau recorded the highest perinatal deaths with 162, 111, and 106 respectively.”
The focal person also said that some measures to be employed to reduce the burden include access to antenatal care, post-abortion care, task shifting, and sharing, among others.
Earlier, the state officer for USAID-IHP, Dr. Siaka Alhasan, had recalled the Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey which indicated that Bauchi State’s health indices were poor, hence the need for an in-depth conversation on doing the right thing for quality medicare.
The Permanent Secretary, Bauchi State Ministry of Health, Mr. Ali Babayo, therefore, urged health agencies to work toward sustaining programmes being implemented by development partners.