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FG Moves To Reduce Infant Mortality

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This was evident at the commissioning of twenty phototherapy machines, aimed at reducing infant mortality.

The senior special assistant to the Nigerian president on sustainable development goals Adejoke Orelope Adefunke said this at the national hospital Abuja, during the commissioning of twenty phototherapy machines used to treat premature and severely ill newborn.

The United Nations international children’s education fund (UNICEF) in it recent report ranked Nigeria 11th on newborn deaths.

The causes of these deaths includes premature, neo-natal jaundice and other complications during birth. These causes of death can be taken care of. Only when functional equipment like the incubator and phototherapy machines are available.

This explains why the Nigerian government, through the office of SSA on sustainable development goals commissioned twenty phototherapy machines and two ambulances at the national hospital Abuja.

The senior special assistant said the move was to reduce the rate of newborn deaths in the country and improve on the health and well-being of the ordinary Nigerian.

The chief medical director of the national hospital said the commissioning of the machines marked a new beginning for the hospital.

Nigeria failed to meet the previous millennium development goals target, it seems the case will be different now as the country works towards actualising the sustainable development goals.


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