BEVERLY HILLS, October 20, (THEWILL) – A new report by the United Nations Children Fund, UNICEF, has revealed that about ten per cent of the death of new-borns recorded last year across the world happened in Nigeria, which came third in the list of five countries that accounted for half of all new-born deaths in 2016.
Other countries in the top-five include: India (24 per cent), Pakistan (10 per cent), Nigeria (9 per cent), the Democratic Republic of the Congo (4 per cent) and Ethiopia (3 per cent).
Nigeria is said to lose about 2,300 under-five year olds and 145 women of child bearing age every single day, as this has made the country the second largest contributor to under-five and maternal mortality rate in the world.
The report showed that 15,000 children died globally before their fifth birthday in 2016, with 46 per cent of the deaths (7.000) occurring in the first 28 days of life. Most new-born deaths occurred in two regions viz: Southern Asia (39 per…