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Nigeria overtakes India as world capital for under-five deaths by Amotolongbo(f): 6:19pm On Sep 09
Nigeria has taken over from India as the world capital for under-five deaths, according to the 2020 mortality estimates released by United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).

The development comes two years earlier than the World Bank projected.

The global bank had said in 2018 that Nigeria will take over India as the world capital for deaths of children under the age of five by 2021.

According to World Bank figures, India recorded an estimated 989,000 under-five deaths in 2017, while Nigeria recorded 714,000 deaths in the same year.

UNICEF, in the report titled Levels and Trends in Child Mortality, said Nigeria recorded an estimated average of 858,000 under-five deaths in 2019 as against India which ranked second with 824,000 deaths out of 5.2 million under-five deaths globally.

The report, which covered a period of three decades–1990 to 2019–added that 49 percent of all under-five deaths in 2019 occurred in just five countries: Nigeria, India, Pakistan, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Ethiopia.

“Nigeria and India alone account for almost a third,” it said.

The report said under-five mortality rates have declined by almost 60 percent since 1990. However, the UN expressed concerns that “the potential of a mortality crisis in 2020 threatens years of remarkable improvement in child and adolescent survival”.

“While the extent and severity of the mortality impact of COVID-19 on children and youth is still unknown, the potential of a mortality crisis in 2020 threatens years of remarkable improvement in child and adolescent survival from 1990 to 2019, the period covered in this report,” it read.

“The global under-five mortality rate declined by almost 60 per cent from 93 deaths per 1,000 live births in 1990 to 38 deaths in 2019. Meanwhile, mortality among adolescents aged 10–19 fell from 13 deaths per 1,000 adolescents aged 10 in 1990 to 8 deaths in 2019—a 39 per cent decrease.

“Even with that progress, some 5.2 million children died before reaching their fifth birthday in 2019 alone. Tragically, many of those children died of preventable or treatable conditions.”

NIGERIA’S NEONATAL DEATHS UP BY 61,000 SINCE 1990
According to the data in the report, Nigeria recorded 209,000 neonatal deaths in 1990– a 61,000 increase compared to 270,000 deaths in 2019.

The figures for number of deaths among children aged five to fourteen also increased from 104,000 in 1990 to 119,000 in 2019.

Nigeria’s population has doubled since 1990, which means the percentage of neonatal deaths in the country has reduced, but the absolute numbers are higher.

53% OF UNDER-FIVE CHILD DEATHS IN SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA
The report further said that while child deaths are uneven across regions, the situation is worse in sub-Saharan Africa and Central and Southern Asia.

“In 2019, sub-Saharan Africa carried more than half of that burden with 2.8 million under- five deaths (53 per cent), followed by Central and Southern Asia with 1.5 million (28 per cent),” it read.

“The regions of Australia and New Zealand, Eastern and South-Eastern Asia, Northern Africa and Western Asia, Europe and Northern America, Latin America and the Caribbean, and Oceania (excluding Australia and New Zealand) account for the remaining 19 per cent of under-five deaths.

“Sub-Saharan Africa also bears the brunt of deaths among children and young people older than age 5, accounting for 44 per cent of deaths age 5–24.”

CHILD MORTALITY VS COVID-19
The report added that while the pandemic has limited direct impact on child mortality, countries worldwide are now experiencing disruptions in child and maternal health services due to resource constraints and a general uneasiness with using health services due to a fear of contracting COVID-19.

“While current evidence indicates the direct impact of COVID-19 on child and youth mortality is limited, indirect effects stemming from strained and under-resourced health systems; limitations on care-seeking and preventative measures like vaccination and nutrition supplements; socioeconomic strain on parents and households resulting from job loss or economic downturns; and stress to children and parents associated with abrupt societal shifts may be substantial and widespread, ” it read.

“Moreover, many of these indirect effects may not be apparent for some time after the pandemic recedes and may reverberate for an extended period following the pandemic.

Henrietta Fore, UNICEF director, said: “The global community has come too far towards eliminating preventable child deaths to allow the COVID-19 pandemic to stop us in our tracks.

THE WAY TO GO
UNICEF said: “If the child survival targets are to be met on time, resources and policy must be geared toward not only sustaining current rates of decline but also accelerating progress, which would save millions of lives. If the trends from 2010 to 2019 continue, 53 countries will not meet the SDG target on under-five mortality on time—if all countries were to meet that target, 11 million under-five deaths would be averted from 2020 to 2030.

“Achieving the child survival goals and heading off a reversal of progress in child survival in 2020 will require universal access to effective, high-quality and affordable care and the continued, safe provision of life-saving interventions for women, children, and young people.

“If all countries reach the SDG child survival targets by 2030, 11 million lives under age 5 will be saved—more than half of them in sub-Saharan
Africa.”



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Re: Nigeria overtakes India as world capital for under-five deaths by Whitecoal711: 6:23pm On Sep 09
Oooi
Re: Nigeria overtakes India as world capital for under-five deaths by Whitecoal711: 6:24pm On Sep 09
Oooi
always on the bad news

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Re: Nigeria overtakes India as world capital for under-five deaths by DEXTROVERT: 6:25pm On Sep 09
Buhari
Has
Done
It
Again

Baba
Breaking
Records

Hospital on strike
University on strike
Increased tariff
Fuel hike
Infact it takes courage
To
Survive
Past 5yrs

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Re: Nigeria overtakes India as world capital for under-five deaths by Golan007: 6:31pm On Sep 09
Nigeria’s population has doubled since 1990, which means the percentage of neonatal deaths in the country has reduced, but the absolute numbers are higher.

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Re: Nigeria overtakes India as world capital for under-five deaths by Ayofaks(f): 6:41pm On Sep 09
When will Nigeria start being first in something good? God help us!

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Re: Nigeria overtakes India as world capital for under-five deaths by DontBullshitMe: 6:50pm On Sep 09
Criticise me all you want.

I strongly believe that dying by that age is far better than existing as an adult Nigerian. grin

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Re: Nigeria overtakes India as world capital for under-five deaths by Slawormir: 6:50pm On Sep 09
Damnnnnn niggarrr
Too bad
This is not alright
Getting to know that the population of India is much ehnnn
Really indicate that this is not a good news

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Re: Nigeria overtakes India as world capital for under-five deaths by GarangDeMabior: 6:50pm On Sep 09
Mohammed Buhari ( PhD).

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Re: Nigeria overtakes India as world capital for under-five deaths by weblord1900: 6:51pm On Sep 09
embarassed

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Re: Nigeria overtakes India as world capital for under-five deaths by Ernerstdavid55(m): 6:51pm On Sep 09
Damm niggarrr

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Re: Nigeria overtakes India as world capital for under-five deaths by englishmart(m): 6:51pm On Sep 09
For you to understand the gravity of this low, you need to first realize that the population of India is higher than the entire Africa put together

Any country but Afghanistan is safer than Nigeria to me

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Re: Nigeria overtakes India as world capital for under-five deaths by omooba969(m): 6:51pm On Sep 09
Major General Mohammadu Buhari attaining new heights...

Our darling daddy and his clueless team are taking us places.

Congrats sir!
grin

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Re: Nigeria overtakes India as world capital for under-five deaths by Cryomancer: 6:51pm On Sep 09
And the list continues....

1. Poverty capital of the world..
2. Worst police force in the world.
3. Most fantastically corrupt country in the world 4. Human rights abuse capital

....Now this new trophy has entered the APC administration achievements.


We are jotting it down...

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Re: Nigeria overtakes India as world capital for under-five deaths by iamadonis2(m): 6:51pm On Sep 09
Mehn, I really should start staying off Nairaland totally. The depressing news I read about Nigeria here daily is affecting my breath.

I can’t breathe.

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Re: Nigeria overtakes India as world capital for under-five deaths by sotall(m): 6:51pm On Sep 09
Another record
Re: Nigeria overtakes India as world capital for under-five deaths by doggedfighter(f): 6:51pm On Sep 09
cry

This is not the type of over taking we are hoping for.

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Re: Nigeria overtakes India as world capital for under-five deaths by Bantino: 6:51pm On Sep 09
Which way Nigeria??

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Re: Nigeria overtakes India as world capital for under-five deaths by justosee: 6:52pm On Sep 09
always first in negative things

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Re: Nigeria overtakes India as world capital for under-five deaths by monfizzy(m): 6:52pm On Sep 09
When are they selling this useless country and sharing the money.

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Re: Nigeria overtakes India as world capital for under-five deaths by Nobody: 6:52pm On Sep 09
Golan007:
Nigeria’s population has doubled since 1990, which means the percentage of neonatal deaths in the country has reduced, but the absolute numbers are higher.

And your government refuses to increase healthcare spending.

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Re: Nigeria overtakes India as world capital for under-five deaths by TooMuchStuff: 6:52pm On Sep 09
Another feather to the most colourful cap of in the world own by BuhariApc of Daura

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Re: Nigeria overtakes India as world capital for under-five deaths by sbaks(m): 6:52pm On Sep 09
All in this regime? It is well

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Re: Nigeria overtakes India as world capital for under-five deaths by SirLakes: 6:52pm On Sep 09
This administration just dey collect all the bad trophies from India grin grin

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Re: Nigeria overtakes India as world capital for under-five deaths by NaijaOlosho(f): 6:52pm On Sep 09
grin

Nigeria has been taking backward to 1954 by Buhari

What a useless Govt

Tinubu No way we are not doing this again

Wake up Nigerians

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Re: Nigeria overtakes India as world capital for under-five deaths by Racoon(m): 6:52pm On Sep 09
cheesy Bubu don win another inglorious award for Nigeria. Meaning, there is grossly poor maternal-child care in our healthcare policy implementation.Nothing new.They access their own healthcare outside this nation.

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Re: Nigeria overtakes India as world capital for under-five deaths by Goldenheart(m): 6:52pm On Sep 09
Righteousness89 come n see o sad

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Re: Nigeria overtakes India as world capital for under-five deaths by Golan007: 6:53pm On Sep 09
kikero:


And your government refuses to increase healthcare spending.

They will now that they dont pay subsidies.

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Re: Nigeria overtakes India as world capital for under-five deaths by athaboi(f): 6:53pm On Sep 09
Nigeria is finished

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Re: Nigeria overtakes India as world capital for under-five deaths by BigTableShaker(f): 6:54pm On Sep 09
Haaa!
First na Poverty capital, now na under 5year old Death capital.

One of the saddest lessons of history is this: If we’ve been bamboozled long enough, we tend to reject any evidence of the bamboozle. We’re no longer interested in finding out the truth. The bamboozle has captured us. It’s simply too painful to acknowledge, even to ourselves, that we’ve been taken. Once you give a charlatan power over you, you almost never get it back.

May devil punish baba cow and all his fans.

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