Infant mortality, according to Wikipedia, refers to deaths of young children, typically, those less than one year of age. It is measured by the infant mortality rate (IMR), which is the number of deaths of children under one-year of age for 1000 live births. The under-five mortality is also an important statistic, considering that the IMR focuses only on children under one year of age.
Dr Chris Agboghorowa, Chief Consultant, Obstetrician and Gynaecologist, National Hospital, Abuja, has urged government at all levels to ensure free maternal and child healthcare in order to reduce newborn mortality rate.
Agboghorowa, who is also the immediate past Secretary-General of the Society of Gynaecology and Obstetrics of Nigeria (SOGON), made the call in an interview
in Abuja on Friday.
Twenty Five year old Mother of Four, Hajara Musa has been married for 8 years and now she is seven months pregnant expecting her fifth child.
Hajara always delivered her children at home with the help of unskilled birth attendants due to the absence
of Primary Health Care in her community which is a stone throw from Kaduna , the State capital.
The shy looking housewife narrated how she spent days in labour before her family decided to take her to a PHC located in Rigachukun Community, about 10 kilometres from her village.
Everyday, Nigeria loses about 575 newborn babies, who are mainly within their first week of life. These deaths represent a quarter of the total 2, 300 under-five deaths that occur daily in the country.
These rising deaths have succeeded in pitching the country, in the 11th position on newborn deaths globally, as revealed by a new report by the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF).
Consequently, the UNICEF is calling for urgent intervention against newborn deaths through access to well trained nurses and midwives.
The birthday of twins Karen and Kelly Junior will always be tinged by sadness as it also marks the day their mother died in childbirth — a tragic occurrence of increasing public debate in Zambia.
Their mother, Karen Kalengele, 33, was admitted to the Medcross hospital in Lusaka, one of the country’s most prestigious private medical facilities, on March 18 to give birth.
Her labour was slow and, as she was expecting twins, doctors chose to perform a Caesarean section.
The UN Fund for Population Activities, UNFPA, says Nigeria and The Gambia are among the countries that have outlawed the harmful practice of female genital mutilation.
The UNFPA, in a report on the of 2017 International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation, commemorated on February 6, stressed the urgent need to abandon the practice.
Since the birth of the world’s first, In-vitro Fertilisation, IVF, baby, over five million babies have been born. In Nigeria alone, the number of babies conceived through IVF is over 5,000 and still growing.
But many Nigerian couples who have benefited from Assisted Reproductive Technique, ART, don’t disclose that they underwent fertility treatment.
In fact, they regard telling people that their babies were courtesy of IVF as one of the greatest taboos.
In an effort to childbirth rate in the country, especially in the Northern part, the Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi in collaboration with the management of Bayero University, Kano, has launched Islamic family planning.
According to Sanusi, on Monday stated that the Kano Emirate Council collaborates with BUK to establish Islamic Family Planning practices and laws for implementation in the state.
Pregnant with her fourth child in a clinic in Benin, Rosine is relieved to learn that she does not have AIDS, after a free test considered a national health priority.
"I was afraid the test would be positive. My husband is a driver, you know," the woman in her 40s told AFP at the maternity clinic in the small town of Bohicon, where she was screened.