By. Joshua Nwachukwu
On September 2000, 192 United Nations member states and at least 23 international organisations agreed to achieve some millennium development goals (MDG) by 2015; one of which is to reduce child mortality rate and improve maternal health. An estimated 287, 000 women died during pregnancy and childbirth in 2010 worldwide, a decline of 47% from 1990 level. Most of the women died due to lack of emergency care, and according to Dr. Oluwarotimi Akinola, a Gynaecologist, “Nigeria accounts for a disproportionate 10 percent of the global maternal deaths. No fewer than 11,600 maternal deaths were recorded in Nigeria in the last three months with 45 cases recorded daily, the second highest in the world after India.”
Map of Benue State
By Nwachukwu joshua
In Benue state, Nigeria, there is an emotional upheaval, because the state government recently disclosed that over 1 million out of the 4.5 million populace, in the state have been infected with the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV).