Infant mortality still high – NMA
Chukwudi Achife, Enugu
Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) has said that a
mortality rate of 1,500 per 100,000 deliveries
obtains in most part of the country stressing that
one of the highest in the world.
Chairman of Enugu State branch of association Dr
Nwagha who disclosed this at the opening ceremony
year’s Physician Week, said the situation called
attention of the Federal Government and medical
in the country.
He said medical experts should move quickly to
reliable information on the nature of the problem a
circumstances surrounding it if any effort aimed at
eradication would be successful.
"World attention is increasingly being drawn to the
of high maternal mortality rate in most countries
third world. It is hard to believe but it is quite
that a maternal mortality rate of 1.500 per 100,000
deliveries still obtains in most parts of Nigeria.
situation that permits loss of maternal lives of
magnitude needs urgent attention." he said.
He further stated that about two million children
annually before reaching the age of five in
countries because they are not immunized against
diseases adding that about 70 per cent of the
attributable to such diseases as malaria, diarrhoea
Dr Nwagha also said malnutrition was another major
early child deaths adding that children with
deficiency had 25 per cent greater risk of dying
others may suffer stunting or disability in brain
development and capacity to learn.
According to him, members of the Enugu branch of
hoped to use the week to embark on special studies
could lead to discoveries of ways to obtain
reduction in maternal and child mortality.
He also pleaded with Enugu state government to
association in the state through provision of land
financial support towards building a secretariat
would contain facilities that would enable doctors
updating their knowledge and skills.