At least 16,000 women have been earmaked to access health care services to reduce maternal mortality across the 16 local government of Kwara state.
A Maternal Health Advocate ,Dr . Elizabeth Ijaodola -Johnson made the disclosure while speaking at the launching of a cooperative to support women health care in Ilorin.
According to her the United Nations report of about 850 maternal death per every 100,000 birth in Nigeria is alarming.
She said women find themselves in this situation as a result of their inability to access health care .
Dr. Ijaodola -Johnson explained that the high rate of poverty among women also contributed to the problem of maternal mortality in the society.
She noted that contact groups have been put in place to locate women who are in need of support to assist them.
Dr. Ijaodola-Johnson also appealed to government at all levels to ensure universal health coverage for women to reduce maternal mortality to the minimum.
In her remark an advocate of women empowerment,Mrs Busola Olotu advised women to ensure they use the support accessed through the cooperative to take care of their health and the family.
In his paper presentation,tittled “Save the Child of Maternal Death in the Society” , Professor Kayode Salaudeen urged women to seek appropriate health care during pregnancy or childbirth.