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Stakeholders call for review of health curriculum at Nigerian universities

Key stakeholders in the health sector are advocating for a comprehensive overhaul of reproductive health curricula in Nigerian universities, including prevention and treatment.

They made this call at the opening of a two-day workshop on the review of reproductive health curriculum at the National Universities Commission Headquarters, NUC, Abuja.

Speaking at the event, Friday Okonofua, Distinguished Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Benin, said stakeholders were concerned that the current curriculum focused primarily on treatment, which led to a decline in maternal deaths in the country. He said there are many reasons.

She said comprehensive reproductive health education that focuses on prevention rather than treatment is needed, as medical students need to be trained on how to prevent conditions that can lead to maternal death.

Professor Okonofua commended the NUC for recently developing new Core Curriculum Minimum Academic Standards (CCMAS) for universities, saying it was unfortunate that the issue of Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights (SRHR) had been largely ignored. .

“Today, Nigeria is known to have one of the highest maternal mortality rates, or the proportion of women who die during childbirth, in the world.

“We are therefore concerned that most of the elements currently included in reproductive health are concerned with the treatment of deadly diseases rather than their prevention.

“We believe that the pain was occurring before the woman came to the hospital, and that undergraduate and graduate training curricula are designed to ensure that students are aware of how to prevent these problems from occurring again.” is important,” he explained.

Similarly, Dr. Ibrahim Abbas revealed in his presentation that every six minutes a Nigerian woman dies needlessly as a result of an unsafe and illegal abortion.

He noted that although Nigeria continues to lead the subregion in implementing global and regional efforts to address the burden of sexual and reproductive health diseases, the country's reproductive health indicators remain among the worst in Africa. He pointed out that it falls into the category of

“The total fertility rate is 5.3% and Nigeria's population is projected to reach 400 million by 2050,” he said.

He went on to list other unfavorable indicators. Among them: “Africa has the lowest prevalence of modern contraception at 17%. Maternal mortality rates range from 576 to 814 deaths per 100,000 live births. Estimated unintended pregnancy rates range from 15 to 49. Approximately 5,000 maternal deaths occur in Nigeria every year, with an average of 14 maternal deaths per day.”


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