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‘Nigeria among 10 nations with 45% infant deaths’

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The United Nation Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has said that Nigeria was one of 10 countries in the world where 45% of all under-five deaths occur at infancy.

UNICEF’s Communication Specialist at the Bauchi Field Office, Samuel Kaalu, said to end the trend, Nigeria would be among 10 countries of focus for a campaign to help children stay alive.

The campaign, which has been slated to commence this month, would address the challenges confronting women and children, especially in the area of health.

Kaalu, who yesterday made this known at a two-day workshop organised by the Bauchi State Television in collaboration with UNICEF for journalists from the six states, noted that the organisation would continue to extend helping hands to mothers and children.

He urged journalists to endeavour to “mobilise government to improve child survival and health through increased investment, introduction, implementation and expansion of relevant policies to support the programme.”

He stressed the need to help children survive and reach their potential, UNICEF has been supporting governments to provide basic education, water, sanitation and hygiene services in rural communities.


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