From Ibrahim Sidi Muh’d, Gusau
Zamfara state has been rated the highest in terms of infant mortality with 104 deaths of children out of every one thousand live births as recorded by the multiple indicator Cluster survey used by UNICEF, the Project Manager Advocacy Nigeria, Mrs. Larai Jibrin Ahmed has said.
Mrs. Larai made this known in her speech yesterday during a town hall meeting with gubernatorial aspirants derived from five political parties organised by the Advocacy Nigeria on Institutionalizing Anti-corruption and Accountability in Nigeria within the Health sector (Pre-post 2019 election) held at City King Hotel in Gusau Zamfara state capital.
She lamented lack of needed attention of Zamfara state on health sector, the situation which according to reports compiled by donor agencies and most of development partners in the state had positioned it the worst across the country in the WHO ranking mirror.
The Project Manager further noted with dismay that, Nigeria is rated 187 out of 191 countries in terms healthcare delivery with the third highest numbers of maternal mortality in the world.
“It is unfortunate that, as in the year 2014, Zamfara state was worse in even shape with 1,025 deaths for every 100,000 live birth -:449 more deaths than the average for the country”, Larai stressed.
Also speaking, the Zamfara state Secretary of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), Dr. Munir Bature Tsafe working with the Federal Medical Center Gusau, has also decried high rate of mortality rate in the state leading to the death of 30 pregnant women on daily basis during child birth.
Earlier, the state Coordinator, Advocacy Nigeria, Malam Rabiu Sambo informed that, the essence of the town hall meeting was to for the gubernatorial aspirants to make their commitments to the people about their plans towards promoting health care delivery in the state as good health is Paramount to development.