United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund, UNICEF, has said that children born in 2019 may not live beyond 2074, decrying the low life expectancy rate for children in Nigeria.
This assertion was stated in a press release issued in Abuja by UNICEF Nigeria’s Communication Specialist, Eva Hinds.
Ms. Hinds, described Nigeria’s performance on the global life expectancy index for children as comparatively unimpressive and said a child born this year in Denmark is likely to live until the 22nd century.
She noted that while an estimated 25,685 babies were expected to be born in Nigeria on New Year’s Day, an average of 257 children who are still within their first month of life were equally expected to die every day in the country.
She attributed this situation to preventable causes such as
premature birth, complications during delivery, and infections like sepsis and
pneumonia, a violation of their basic right to survival.