Child Health

Nigeria Among World’s Highest In Child Mortality Rates – UNICEF

Monday, January 29, 2018

Kaduna (Nigeria) – United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), said Nigeria is still among the world’s highest in child mortality rates and stunting prevalence.
The Officer In Charge of UNICEF, Kaduna office, northwest of the country, Dr Idris Baba, disclosed this in Kaduna, at a one – day Task Force Meeting with Stakeholders on Community Management of Acute Malnutrition (CMAM), and Community Infant and Young Child Feeding Practice (C-CIYF).

Use of heat from lanterns, hot water for umbilical cord care can kill — Experts

Saturday, December 30, 2017

According to researchers, a substantial proportion of neonatal deaths occur from infections; neonatal tetanus inclusive of the umbilical cord. Cord care practices may directly contribute to infections in the newborn which accounts for the 26 per cent of global under five deaths, experts say. Evidence from studies also show that the prevalence of cord infection in newborns ranges from 3 to 5.5 per cent in most developing countries.
 

Health worker shortage hits crisis mode—and dealing blows to women, children

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Hauwa Lassa worked 35 years as a nurse and midwife. Her retirement package is a camp for displaced people on the outskirts of Maiduguri.
 
In the three states worst hit by the Boko Haram violence in its eight year, health facilities have been damaged and health workers have fled.
 
Estimates suggest nearly 40% of health facilities have been destroyed in the violence, and skilled health workers have had to leave the area entirely.
 

I Was Scared My Son Might Contact HIV Virus From Breast Milk- Maimuna

Friday, November 24, 2017

Ajayi Maimuna is a young mother in her 30’s. She became HIV positive after her first three children and it remains a puzzle to her how she contacted the disease.
 
Maimuna, who spoke to our correspondent at the Heart to Heart Centre,(H2H) of the Badagry General Hospital, Lagos State, said, “I was scared my son might contact the HIV virus and as a result of that, I only breastfed him for one month and three days.
 

One Million Premature Babies Die Annually

Thursday, November 23, 2017

At least, one million premature babies die annually, founder, Abiye Maternal and Child Health International Foundation, AMCH, Dr. Elizabeth Disu has disclosed.
 
Speaking at the AMCH World Prematurity Day celebration held in Ikeja, Lagos, Southwest Nigeria at the weekend, Disu said prematurity is one of the leading cause of newborn death in the world.
 

FG budgets $4million for population control

Sunday, September 24, 2017

The federal government has set aside $4 million to tackle family planning, child and maternal health in the 2018 budget, it was learnt yesterday.
 
Chairman of The Association for Advancement of Family Planning, Dr Ejike Orji, stated this at a media round table at the National Population Commission (NPC) headquarters in Abuja.
 
A member of the group, Dr Kole Shettima, lauded the federal government for allocation.
 
He said it was critical to the sustenance of maternal and child health programmes in the country.
 

Kogi State Receives N30m Medical Equipment

Monday, September 18, 2017

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) on Monday presented medical equipment worth about N30 million for 60 health facilities in Kogi.
Dr Alobo Gabriel, the State Team Leader for Maternal and Child Survival Program (MCSP), disclosed this while handing over the equipment to the State Ministry of Health.
Gabriel said that the equipment would be distributed to 45 primary healthcare centres, five training health institutions, and 10 hospitals across the state.

Nigeria: Malnourished Children Can Be Treated, Cured If...

Friday, June 16, 2017

Hauwa Mohammed cuddled her six months old baby, Muhammed Umaru, while waiting to be attended to at a health centre where she has gone to seek help.
The baby looks too small for his age, skinny, pale and with swollen cheeks and feet. These are symptoms of Severe Acute Malnutrition (SAM).
Hauwa is one of many women accessing medical help for their children at the Community Management for Acute Malnutrition (CMAN) in the Out Patients Therapeutic Centre (OTP) in Nasarawo Health Clinic, Yola North, Adamawa State.

Canada pledges $1.9m to child health programme in Nigeria, Ghana

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Nigeria currently has a high incidence of maternal mortality. According to the United Nations ‎Population Fund, Nigeria is responsible for 10 percent of the global maternal mortality burden. That is, about 111 women die during child birth in the country.
The IDRC is funding the programme through the West Africa Health Organisation (WAHO), which is making a contribution of $1.5m.

Africa is the worst place for children

Thursday, June 15, 2017

The life of a child is a simple one: be a child and enjoy as much of life as you can, while you can.
 
For a typical child in Africa, you have the bonus struggle of beating incredible odds to stay alive.
 
The first battle children have to fight is against their environment, and it depends on whether they end up in the overcrowded slums of Kroo Bay, Sierra Leone or the lush heart of Stockholm, Sweden.
 

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