A new report on Nigeria’s health indices indicates that both women and children are not faring well. This is given the fact that the maternal mortality ratio stands at five hundred and fifteen per one hundred thousand live births while the prenatal mortality rate stands at forty-nine per one thousand live births.
Dr. Osagie Ehanire, the Minister of Health revealed this recently during the launch of the reproductive, maternal, newborn, child, adolescent, and elderly health plus nutrition multi-stakeholders partnership coordination plan.
The Minister also disclosed that Neonatal mortality is at thirty-eight per one thousand live births, infant mortality is sixty-seven per one thousand live births while under-five mortality is one hundred and thirty-two per one thousand live births.
It is for this reason that Dr. Ehanire assured Nigeria’s unequivocal commitment to attaining the Universal Health Coverage and the Sustainable Development Goals. In addition, he stressed that although the journey has not been easy, however, partnership and coordination will aid in abating the challenges.