MAKURDI – The United Nations Childrenâ€™s Fund (UNICEF) has disclosed that no fewer than one million Nigerian children, especially those below the age of five, are lost yearly to preventable childhood killer diseases.
According to the world body, the figure connotes that Nigeria ranks tops among countries of Africa where childhood killer diseases continued to be a burden to concerned institutions.
This, according to updated figures from the UNICEF, implies that Nigeria is currently rated as the second worst country where most child deaths occur globally.
This assertion was made by Dr. John Egbute of the Humanitarian Development, Centre for Africaâ€™s Advancement, at the UNICEF Zonal Meeting on Improving Media Personnel Knowledge on Child Survival: The Vitamin A Input.
The global body said if the trend was not checked through well laid out strategic framework, the attainment of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), as it relates to infant and maternal mortality might be a mirage.
Part of measures advocated by the world body to get the country out of the current repulsive position includes the formulation of child-friendly policies by governments and synergy between UNICEF, the media and governments at all levels in order to properly propagate the advocacies that would effectively arrest rising trend of infant and child mortality in the country.
A case was also made for the optimum administration of vitamin A supplement on children of not above five years .
According to UNICEF, governments at all levels must also give priority attention to the provision of basic social services and the formulation and mainstreaming of action plans to support the process for the passage of the Child Right Bill in the states.By Peter Duru