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.
Kaduna (Nigeria) – United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), said Nigeria is still among the world’s highest in child mortality rates and stunting prevalence.
The Officer In Charge of UNICEF, Kaduna office, northwest of the country, Dr Idris Baba, disclosed this in Kaduna, at a one – day Task Force Meeting with Stakeholders on Community Management of Acute Malnutrition (CMAM), and Community Infant and Young Child Feeding Practice (C-CIYF).
The Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC) commends the on-going effort by the Kano State Government in collaboration with United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) at renovating the dilapidated Dausara Primary Health Care Centre, in Ungogo Local Government Area of Kano state which had suffered from long-time policy neglect, rendering the facility monumentally inefficient to discharge maternal and child healthcare services.
Health Minister, Prof. Isaac Adewole, on Monday, remarked that the country’s mortality in children Under-Five “is still very unacceptable’’.
In his remarks at the advocacy meeting on reproductive health in Abuja, organised by the office of the wife of the President, the minister stressed the urgency for the government to invest in health as it did in other infrastructure.
He said the administration was focusing attention on the basic health care system and intended to achieve eight million person target in three years.
The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has disclosed that there are 3,600 communities in Niger State which lack basic health facilities and social amenities.
Tagging those communities hard-to-reach, UNICEF has said that although the international donor partner seeks to provide health services to all the communities, it has only been able to reach out to 850 communities in 17 local government areas of the state.
The United Nation Children’s Fund [UNICEF], on Thursday solicited the support of the Emir of Kano, Alhaji Muhammadu Sanusi II in addressing issues related to child protection, survival and development in Nigeria.
Mr Mohamed Malick-Fall, the newly appointed UNICEF Country Representative, made the appeal when he paid a courtesy visit on the Emir at his Palace in Kano.
At the Nassarawa Primary Health Centre, in Yola, capital of Adamawa State, nine-month-old, pale and thin Baby Habibat, being cuddled by her mother is suffering from malnutrition induced by acute diarrhea, which is caused by rotavirus.
“First she started stooling frequently, then vomiting and gradually started losing weight,” her mother Aisha summarised how her baby got to that point.
Nigeria continues to record high rate of malnutrition as a result of poverty across the country, the Nutrition Specialist, United Nations International Children's Fund (UNICEF) Philomena Irene has said.
Irene who made this known yesterday at a two-day UNICEF sponsored workshop with the theme, Investing in Child Malnutrition for the Future #StopchildmalnutritionNigeria in Yola, Adamawa State also said, most malnourished children come from poor home.