Nigerian Obstetrics and Gynecology Professor, Hadiza Galadanci, has presented her research innovations in the treatment of Postpartum haemorrhage (PPH) – excessive bleeding after childbirth which aims to save two million lives by 2030, addressing global maternal and child mortality issues.
Naijaonpoint learns that Galadanci is the first female Professor of Gynecology in northern Nigeria and has earned international recognition from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation for her groundbreaking contributions to enhancing maternal and newborn health and reducing mortality.
Speaking at the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at the UN headquarters in New York, she emphasized her role as a medical researcher in saving lives and shared her innovations at the 2023 Goalkeepers event during the ongoing 78th session of the UN General Assembly.
She explained that her innovations include a calibrated obstetric drape used in the E-MOTIVE study to detect excessive blood loss and a 15-minute IV iron infusion for severe anaemia treatment in pregnant women.
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She explained that the innovation involves a straightforward drape placed at the bedside, providing a quick and precise measurement of collected blood. In a busy labour ward, this innovation can be the critical factor between life and death.
Galadanci emphasized that the significant maternal mortality rates in Nigeria motivated her to find solutions to alleviate the plight of women and decrease neonatal mortality.
She recounted personal experiences, including her cousin’s and those of other women, where she witnessed the heartbreaking loss of lives due to excessive bleeding during childbirth.
The researcher recounted a situation involving her first cousin, who was in her fourth pregnancy and experiencing elevated blood pressure. Concerned about her cousin’s condition, they chose to induce her for a natural childbirth.
While attending to her regular duties at the hospital, the labour proceeded normally.