Experts Say Nigeria Occupies The 11th Position In Newborn Mortality
Nigeria has been reported to be on the 11th position on the list of countries with the highest rate of the death of newborn babies.
This position was disclosed in a recent report on the global “Newborn Mortality” by the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF).
The report was made available to journalists today in Lagos.
UNICEF revealed that sub-Saharan Africa is the most dangerous region where a baby can be given birth to.
This according to the institution is as a result of the prevalence poverty and conflict rate in that part of the world.
Parts of the report reads: “With the newborn mortality rate of 29 deaths per 1,000 births, the global estimates rank Nigeria as the 11th highest on newborn deaths.”
“In the recent Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey (MICS) conducted by the Government of Nigeria in 2016/17, the rate of newborn deaths per 1000 births is 37.”
“This national average hides the differences between the 36 states and the slow progress in some of them.’
The report also revealed that over 80 percent of new babies deaths are caused by prematurity, asphyxia, complications during birth or diseases like pneumonia and sepsis.
The report further states that such death can be avoided if the pregnant women have access to well-trained midwives and medical facilities during and after pregnancy.
Quoting Mohamed Fall, UNICEF Nigeria’s Representative, “a fair chance in life begins with a strong, healthy start.”
“Unfortunately, many children in Nigeria are still deprived of this, MICS data tells us that the trend is improving but urgent action needs to be taken for Nigeria to reach the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).’’
Henrietta Fore, UNICEF’s Executive Director also commented on the issue, she said, “we have more than halved the number of deaths among children under the age of five in the last quarter century.”
“We have not made similar progress in ending deaths among children less than one month old. “Given that the majority of these deaths are preventable, clearly we are failing the world’s poorest babies.’’
Concerned NGOs and members of the public have also aired their opinion on the position which the country is occupying in the global newborn mortality report.
They opined that such deaths are avoidable if pregnant women are able to have easy accessibility to the necessary facilities and personnel in that regards.