Poverty, religious, and cultural constraints, according to Dr. Mary Paninga, permanent secretary of the Adamawa State Planning Commission, forcing 60 percent of Adamawa women to give birth at home.
At a meeting about UNICEF support and activities in Adamawa State, Paninga said this while giving a report about the state of women and children in the state.
The session, which took place on Thursday in Yola, was attended by key stakeholders from the health, education, WASH, child protection, and nutrition sectors, among others.
According to statistics, around 60% of women give birth at home due to a variety of circumstances, including poverty, and cultural and religious practices, particularly in rural areas.
To Paninga, the state administration is working hard to change some of the state’s bad statistics in areas like poverty, healthcare, and infrastructure across the board.
In her reassuring comments, she stated that the government is doing a lot in the area of poverty reduction, which is why we have a poverty alleviation agency so that women can look after themselves when it comes to that issue, and the state government is putting on a lot of awareness programs.
She said that the state has made a lot of progress in cutting infant mortality by 39.5%, but there is still a long way to go before the threat is completely eliminated.
Women and children face a lot of problems, and people from WASH, health, child protection, and other important areas talked about how to solve them.
According to Opiyo Nixon, front office NCO-CFS UNICEF Nigeria, the workshop was held to help UNICEF better understand and work together with the state’s women and children.
He pointed out that UNICEF offices in Borno and Bauchi states are also working in Adamawa State on humanitarian and development issues.
Nixon said that it is important to come together after the government does a scenario analysis to understand how children are affected and to help the government solve some of the problems that have been found.
On the other hand, he said that the meeting will help stakeholders come to a consensus on important issues and propose ways to use available resources to address top priorities and allow for cross-fertilization of ideas because one agency can’t handle the huge job on its own.
Adamawa State’s Chief of Field Office in Bauchi praised UNICEF for developing a situation analysis in conjunction with UNICEF.
He stated that the achievement is a great beginning point for each of us since it will provide us with information on the state’s women’s and children’s status and allow us to harmonize our reports.
According to him, the meeting will look at a wide range of problems that women and children have in the state, identify gaps that need to be filled, and find and use resources to fill them.
Governor Ahmadu Fintiri, who opened the event, said the workshop could not have come at a better moment, given the need to increase efficiency and outcomes in the sector.
The Governor, who was represented by Mrs. Rhoda Zira, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Health, said that the long-running humanitarian crisis in the North East, which included Adamawa State, had wreaked havoc on so many lives and livelihoods, especially for children and women, who had to flee their homes.
“I strongly support UNICEF in improving the health of the wonderful people of Adamawa State,” Governor Ahmadu Fintiri said, praising UNICEF for being a leading development partner in humanitarian crises by prioritizing women and children.
He said that his administration will work closely with UNICEF and other groups, especially in the areas of health, education, water, and sanitation.