The maternal mortality rate inNiger State reduced from 1,130 of 100,000 live births in 2006 to 548 of 100,000 live births in 2010, the State Commissioner of Health, Dr. Ibrahim Babamini Sule said in Minna yesterday.
The commissioner who quoted some of the recent health statistics released on the reduction in maternal mortality at a press briefing said the data were a product of improved facilities based on secondary health care delivery.
Similarly, Dr. Sule disclosed that the percentage of HIV/AIDS prevalence rate in Niger State had reduced from 7 per cent in 2005 to 4 per cent in 2010.
He said that the reduction of the state health risk indicators was due to the attention government was paying to the primary, secondary and tertiary levels of health care delivery in the state.
According to him, “because of the improvement in infrastructure and access to health care services the people no longer have to travel long distance to access basic healthcare”.
On the HIV/AIDS prevalence rate reduction, Dr. Sule said that at present, the State had 16 comprehensive treatment, care and support services centres that also embark on counselling, testing and referral services.
He said that the state government also went into partnership with international development agencies, while the state control committee was upgraded to a full fledged agency to ensure the workability of the programmes aimed at preventing the spread of the disease and offer care services.