BreakingNews 6/5/15 - Nigeria tackles the maternal and infant mortality challenge

[ Masterweb Reports: Odimegwu Onwumere reports ] - The government of Nigeria — seriously concerned by the high numbers of infants and mothers who die every year from conditions that are otherwise preventable — has embarked on a national programme to correct this tragedy.
Professor Julius Ihonvbere,  a political scientist who has served as Special Adviser to the Federal Government (FG) on Programme and Policy Monitoring, says that beginning with the 2004 budget, the health sector alone (excluding related ministries like Water and Agriculture), has received eight percent of the national allocation.
He says the main focus of the programme has been to design and implement a viable national health system that delivers effective, good-quality and affordable services to all Nigerians.
Similarly the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is also outraged that in Nigeria each year, 2.9 million newborns unnecessarily die within their first month and an additional 2.6 million are stillborn.
The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation works closely with national governments, the United Nations and bilateral agencies, non-governmental organizations and the private sector, and also collaborates with other global programmes in areas such as discovery, integrated delivery, nutrition, family planning, childhood infectious diseases, policy and advocacy, and communications.
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