Health

Kwara has lowest under-5 mortality – UN

 

Kwara State has ranked as the state with lowest infant and under-five mortality rate in the country by the United Nation (UN).

This was revealed by Wife of the Senate President, Barrister Toyin Saraki in a tweet on her twitter handle (@ToyinSaraki), last Wednesday.

According to the former first lady of the state, the rating is an outcome of a study was carried out by the United Nation (UN), describing the development as ‘encouraging’.

Saraki assured that stakeholders in the state will continue to work harder towards putting an end to mother and child mortality.

The tweet reads: “Now this is encouraging news that according to @UN Kwara State has the lowest under-5 mortality rate in #Nigeria. We will continue to work harder to ensure that every #momandbaby and child survives, and thrives. @neyotwit @NaijaFlyingDr #FixNigerianHealthcare.”

In a related development, Founder of Flying Doctors Nigeria, Dr. Ola Orekunrin has said no fewer than one million under 5 years children die in the country annually.

She stated this  during  the Physicians Week 2018 organised by the Nigeria Medical Association (NMA) held at the Doctors’ Hall, Ilorin, last Tuesday.

Speaking  on the theme ‘ Universal Health Coverage: Leaving no one behind,’ she called on the Federal Government to review the budgetary allocation to the health sector   towards putting an end to high rate of child mortality in Nigeria.

“The high rate of child mortality in the country should be a major concern to the government and stakeholders.

“If we are really serious about the future of our country then we need to invest in this sector because millions children are dying yearly. This is higher than places like Congo, Iraq. So we need to concentrate on reducing. The high rate of child mortality in the country should be a major concern to the government and stakeholders.

“If we are really serious about the future of our country then we need to invest in this sector because millions children are dying yearly. This is higher than places like Congo, Iraq. So we need to concentrate on reducing this number to fix the healthcare system.”

Earlier, the Kwara State Chairman of NMA, Dr. Kolade Solagberu called on members to adhere to the ethical guidelines in their various places of practices.

He also urged the Federal Government to support practitioners through provision of adequate facilities and better welfare, noting that  doctors face lots of hazards in the discharge of their responsibilities.

 

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