The Nigerian media have been tasked to increase its reportage on issues surrounding Maternal and Newborn health.
An NGO, Evidence for Action (E4A), Mamaye, while giving the task explained that health issues, particularly Maternal and newborn health have not been receiving the attention it needs, urging the practitioners to continue to champion the cause of safe motherhood.
The country representative of Evidence for Action, Mamaye, Mr Tunde Segun stated this yesterday when he led the management of the organization and journalists comprising of the Knowledge Management sub-committee of the Bauchi State Accountability Mechanism for Maternal and new child health, BASAM on a courtesy visit to media organizations in the state.
Mr Olalaide Shokubi, the Media Advisor of the NGO who represented the country representative the media has the power to hold the government accountable to the people by using evidence to cause change for mother and newborn.
“In Nigeria, it is unfortunate that we loose too many women during child birth and this is not good this is sheer inaction on our part that a woman should die while giving birth”
“If women don’t get pregnant and have children, the growth of our population will be affected and we want to ensure that in our capacity pregnancy is safe. One good story by a journalist can cause a change in the area of improving maternal and newborn health than 1,000 advocacy visits”, he said
The State Coordinator of the NGO, Mr Gideon Pokti, in his address explained that the aim of the courtesy visit to media organizations was to seek the collaboration of the media in promoting issues of maternal and newborn health and appreciate the effort of the media in that regard.
In their separate remarks, the Director of Bauchi Radio Corporation,( BRC), Nigeria Television Authority, (NTA), Globe F.M and Afrian Independent Television, AIT, thanked the organization for the visit and assured that issues pertaining to maternal and newborn health in the state will be given top priority.