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250,000 Nigerian children die on first day – UNICEF

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ABOUT 250,000 children in Nigeria die on their first day of life.

  Describing the development as “alarming” and a dent on the country’s health sector reforms, United Nations Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) Chief of Field Office in Kano State, Maulid Warfa stated this in a remark he made in a goodwill message at the opening ceremony of the 51st Annual General Meeting and Scientific Conference of Paediatric Association of Nigeria (PAN) in Kano yesterday.

  The conference was organised in collaboration with UNICEF under the theme: ‘Impact of Rapid Population Growth on the Child.’

  According to him, the figure is the second highest in the world as data from 2017 multi indicator cluster survey shows.

  “The current indices for child health remains alarming as more than 250,000 children in Nigeria die on their first day of life, the second highest in the World according to the 2017 multi indicator cluster survey. The situation of Children in Nigeria today is at a crossroads, for change could be either catastrophic if it continues in its current trajectory or transformative if the opportunities available are strategically harnessed.

  Clearly Nigeria is not the best country for those who survive. A child born in Nigeria today is likely to live to the year 2074 while a child born in Denmark is likely to live until the 22nd Century! I don’t want to mention the quality of life as he or she grows up. Unfortunately, children are mostly dying from preventable causes such as premature births, complications during delivery, infections like sepsis, malaria and pneumonia – which is a key theme for today’s gathering,” Warfa said.

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