UNICEF Solicits Quality Healthcare For Mothers, Newborn As Over 25,000 Babies Will Be Born Today In Nigeria
The United Nations Children’s Fund, UNICEF has called for immediate investment to deliver affordable, quality health care solutions for every mother and newborn.
In a report released to newsmen on New year Day,says an estimated 25,685 babies will be born in Nigeria on New Year’s Day.that this figure in Nigeria will add up to 6.5 percent of the estimated 395,072 babies born on New Year’s Day globally.
The report says advocates for a steady supply of clean water and electricity at health facilities, the presence of a skilled health attendant during birth, ample supplies and medicines to prevent and treat complications during pregnancy, delivery and birth, and empowered adolescent girls and women who can demand better quality of health services.
According to the report release ,within Africa, Nigerian babies will account for almost 40 percent of all those born in West and Central Africa, and more than 23 percent of those born in sub-Saharan Africa.
Globally, over half of the world’s births are estimated to take place in just eight countries, including Nigeria:India — 69,944, China — 44,940, Nigeria — 25,685
Pakistan — 15,112, Indonesia — 13,256,The United States — 11086.The Democratic Republic of Congo — 10,053 and Bangladesh — 8,428
At current life expectancy rates, a child born in Nigeria today is likely to live only to the year 2074 – 55 years of age. A child born today in Denmark is likely to live until the 22nd century.
UNICEF Nigeria’s Acting Representative. Pernille Ironside, observed that In Nigeria, each year, about 262,000 babies die at birth, the world’s second highest national total, while every day in Nigeria, 257 babies die within their first month of life.
“This New Year Day, let’s all make a resolution to fulfill every right of every child, starting with the right to survive,” “We can save millions of babies if we invest in training and equipping local health workers so that every newborn is born into a safe pair of hands.”said Pernille Ironside.