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Nigeria loses $1.5bn yearly to maternal deaths – UNFPA

The United Nations Population Fund says Nigeria loses about $1.5bn in productivity to maternal mortality every year.

It noted that for a nation with a maternal mortality rate of 576 deaths per 100,000 live births, the nation would save a lot if it invested in maternal health.

UNFPA’s Deputy Representative, Dr. Eugene Kongnyuy, stated this at an event in Lagos on Wednesday to mark the International Women’s Day and unveil Nollywood actress, Stephanie Linus, as the Fund’s goodwill ambassador for maternal health in West and Central Africas.

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