Nigeria has third highest infant mortality rate in the world – UNICEF

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Nigeria has the world’s third highest number of new born babies deaths, according to the United Nations Children Education Fund (UNICEF).

The UN body in a new report said close to ten percent of the infant mortality occurred in Nigeria.

UNICEF in the report said India has the highest number with 24 per cent, followed by Pakistan with ten per cent, Nigeria (nine per cent) DR Congo (four per cent) and Ethiopia (three per cent).

The UNICEF Chief of Health, Stefan Peterson, said though the lives of 50 million children under-five have been saved since 2000 through increased level of commitment by governments and development partners to tackle preventable child deaths, more still needs to be done to stop babies from dying the day they are born, or days after their birth.

“We have the knowledge and technologies that are required – we just need to take them where they are most needed.”

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