Nigeria has the highest maternal mortality rate in the world, with an estimated 512 deaths per 100,000 live births. Vitamins in Nigeria His Angels Country His Director, Dr. Francis Ohanneed, advocates for the deployment of multiple micronutrient supplements (MMS). ), a formulation of multivitamins for pregnant women to help a pregnant woman to better value herself and her child nutritionally, as identified by the United Nations.
Ohanyido contains micronutrients such as vitamins A, C, D, E, B1 (thiamine), B2 (riboflavin), B3 (niacin), B6, B12, folic acid, and minerals (iron, zinc, iodine, copper, selenium). , to serious health problems.
For example, the World Health Organization (WHO) has revealed that deficiencies in iron, folic acid, vitamin B12 and vitamin A can lead to anemia, a condition that causes low red blood cell counts or hemoglobin levels, leading to fatigue and weakness. Did. , shortness of breath, dizziness.
Inadequate nutrition can lead to serious maternal health consequences, and can even lead to the death of mothers and babies, said Dr Francis Ohaned, country director of the Vitamin Angels in Nigeria. It added that many women worldwide lack access to nutritious diets, quality health and nutrition. nutritional services.
To address micronutrient deficiencies during pregnancy, Ohaneed says the use of multi-micronutrient supplements (MMS), a multivitamin formulation for pregnant women identified by the United Nations, can help pregnant women better value themselves and their nutrition. Suggested to help you have children.
According to Ohanyido, several studies have shown that MMS has significant advantages over iron and folic acid (IFA) because MMS contains 15 micronutrients, including IFA.
He said that prior to 2020, global policy guidance recommended the use of IFAs, and with the introduction of MMS, several studies have shown a shift from IFAs to MMS, especially for poorly-eating women. I added that I support the switch.
“The reason is that MMS contains 15 essential vitamins and minerals for pregnant and lactating women, meeting micronutrient requirements that a poor diet cannot meet. Vitamin A, vitamin D. , vitamin E, vitamin C, thiamine, riboflavin, niacin, vitamin B6, folic acid, vitamin B12, copper, iodine, iron, selenium and zinc to improve maternal nutrition and reduce the risk of disadvantage birth results.
“In fact, compared to IFA, MMS offers even greater benefits for anemic and underweight women. According to the findings of a study conducted in Indonesia to evaluate the effects of MMS compared to IFA. , showed that MMS reduced early infant mortality by 25% in babies whose mothers were undernourished, and even greater results were seen in babies of anemic women, with MMS reducing infant mortality by 38%, The risk of low birth weight babies (LBW) was reduced by 33%.
“In addition, it reduces the risk of infant mortality in women by 15% in the first six months. It is also cost-effective and safe,” he revealed.
He found that transitioning from IFA to MMS could avert 7 to 28 million additional infant deaths and disabilities in 132 LMICs, and that extending MMS to 90% coverage would be a world-wide improvement. All babies born each year in the United States are projected to contribute to a significant increase in human capital, he added. 132 LMICs.
The country’s chief executive revealed that in January 2021, the Nigerian government approved MMS and micronutrient powders in the Guidelines for the Management of Micronutrient Deficiencies, a policy document regulating supplements given to women and children.