By Chioma Obinna
LAGOS – Despite efforts by governments to achieve the health targets set by the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), a new report published yesterday showed that of the 2.6 million third trimester stillbirths that occur in the world annually, 1.8 million occur in Nigeria and nine other countries. Specifically, 42 per cent of these stillbirths occur in Nigeria.
The new report which is the first ever comprehensive set of stillbirths estimates initiated by the World Health Organisations, WHO, and published within a special series in the medical journal, The Lancet, also revealed that Africa is the worst hit as an African woman has a 24-time higher chance of having a stillbirth at the time of delivery than a woman in a high income country.
According to the report, Nigeria is among the 10 countries that have the highest number of stillbirths.
Other countries include Pakistan, India, China, Bangladesh, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, Indonesia, Afghanistan and the United Republic of Tanzania.