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Pregnancy complications 'kill 144' Nigerian women a day

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    LAGOS (AFP) – The number of women dying from pregnancy-related complications in Nigeria is akin to a plane crashing every day, but the crisis gets less noticed amid pandemics such as AIDS and malaria, activists say.

    At least 144 women die each day in Nigeria during pregnancy or childbirth, according to the UN and World Bank statistics, placing it among some of the worst countries for women to deliver babies in the world, after Sierra Leone and Niger among others.

    "Imagine a plane crash in Nigeria everyday, carrying only pregnant women. Would we stand by and do nothing? But this is precisely the case -- death through pregnancy and child birth has almost become invisible," Sandra Obiago, director of a local lobby group, Communicating for Change, said Thursday.

    Activists on Thursday premiered three short but hard-hitting Nollywood films to push for an urgent change in attitude and provision of adequate healthcare services to avoid pregnancy-related problems.

    Source: AFP