A call has gone out to members of the Confidential Enquiry into Maternal Deaths in Ondo State (CEMDOS) Committee to redouble their efforts towards ensuring that all maternal deaths in the state are reported. The call was made by the Chairman CEMDOS Committee, Dr. Lawal Oyeneyin at the Committee Secretariat in the Department of Planning, Research and Statistics, Ministry of Health, Alagbaka, Akure during its meeting.
The Chairman said with the success of the sensitization meeting for key HIM Officers, DSNOs and HMIS Officers held in December and the significant drop in maternal deaths noticed in the current report, particularly in Akure, was evident of the level of seriousness attached to issues relating to maternal deaths reduction by members. He then said more work was still needed to extend the noticeable drop to the remaining Local Government Areas in the State.
Speaking on the second CEMDOS draft report covering from June 2013 to May 2014, the Chairman said a formal presentation to the Honourable Commissioner for Health, Dr. Dayo Adeyanju would take place soon, after which the report would be presented to Mr. Governor before the final presentation to all stakeholders in health during the forthcoming State Council on Health.
The Chairman expressed his strong desire that the next CEMDOS report would be ready on time for the United Nations review meeting of MDGs sometime in November and the International Federation of Gynaecology and Obstetrics (FIGO) slated to hold in Vancouver, Canada.
The Chairman thereafter announced an expansion of the CEMDOS Committee with the inclusion of Dr. Yetunde Olagbuji as Full Member and Dr Ajibola Oyeneyin & Mrs Dorcas Johnson as Associate Members. He then advised members to take seriously their monitoring roles in their assigned LGAs and support the Committee’s plan at sustained sensitization across the nooks and crannies of the State.
In her contribution, the State Representative Evidence for Action, Mrs Nike Badiora expressed her organization’s desire to work with the state to strengthen the health system in the area of maternal death reviews, she said with CEMDOS Committee in place and the allocation of monitors to the LGAs, the State was right on track going by the national tool on maternal death reviews.