A young Nigerian: Miss Kesandu Nwokolo, has developed a mobile phone application, to help reduce the incident of infant and maternal mortality in Africa. A statement released in Lagos on Sunday said that the innovative healthcare application developed by Nwokolo and her team is known as CradleCount’. ”What is interesting is that many young Africans with technology and innovation are beginning to provide the needed solution to the problems of the continent” it said. CradleCount helps pregnant women and also health practitioners to calculate accurately the expected date of delivery using the last menstrual period.
”The app informs pregnant women how many days to the delivery of the baby and has alerts that remind pregnant mothers to register and follow up with their antenatal care the statement said. It also sends regular pregnancy and health tips to expectant mothers and the app can also work without an internet connection. CradleCount said the app is well designed with good aesthetic values and background colours that mothers can change depending on the sex of the baby they are expecting. It said that CradleCount was free to download and easy to use, as a pregnant woman or health practitioner for pregnant women and could be downloaded through Google Play store.
According to the statement, the health sector in Africa needs a lot of innovative ideas to reduce poor health related deaths like maternal and infant mortality. It quoted UNICEF as saying that, every single day, Nigeria loses about 2,300 under-five year olds and 145 women of child-bearing age, making the country the second largest contributor to the under “five and maternal mortality rate in the world.” Several research and Statistics from organizations like WHO,UNICEF, National Demographic and Health Survey(NDHS) have shown that everyday about 90 women in Nigeria die of pregnancy related conditions. ”A woman’s chance of dying from pregnancy and childbirth in Nigeria is one in every 13. Nigeria has the 10th highest maternal mortality in the world the statement. The statement said although many of these deaths are preventable, the coverage and quality of health care services in Nigeria continue to fail women and children.