21,439 babies to be born in Nigeria on New Year’s Eve – UNICEF
The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has predicted that at least 21,439 babies will be born in Nigeria on New Year’s Day.
UNICEF estimates that 371,504 babies will be born globally on New Years Eve, and Nigerian babies will make up almost 6% of that number.
It was said that 59,995 babies will be born in India, China 35 615, Pakistan 14 161, Indonesia 12 336, Ethiopia 12 006, United States 10 312, Egypt 9 455 and Bangladesh 9 236 babies.
UNICEF said that only one in eight children born will live to see their fifth birthday, while those who do survive will face other challenges as young Nigerians, especially girls.
It is also estimated that one in four Nigerian girls will experience sexual violence if nothing is done to reverse the trend and end violence against women and girls.
UNICEF Representative in Nigeria Renu Wadhwa said in a statement that more than 14 million Nigerian children are chronically malnourished and 2.7 million are seriously malnourished.
He emphasized that cross-cutting solutions to strengthen health, nutrition, water, sanitation and social protection systems can reverse large numbers of children and save children.
“Up to 43% of Nigerian children do not receive all recommended vaccinations at the right time, which is a critical step in ensuring survival and good health.
“Birth registration for children under one year old in Nigeria is still only 4.0%, and for children under 5 years old, it is 54%.”
He argued that universal birth registration is an important platform for providing children with access to health care and other essential services throughout their lives.
Source: – Sunnews