The new Minister of Health: Does the Cap not fit Dr. Muhammad Ali Pate?

Posted: May 31, 2015 in Uncategorized

As we anticipation Baba’s cabinet, many within the global health community hope Dr. Pate gets the nod..


(c) Felix Abrahams Obi
Nigeria has in the last couple of years attracted considerable attention within the global health community for the wrong reasons. We have one of the worst health indices in Africa despite our leadership position in the continent and clearly will not meet the health-related MDGs targets especially for Maternal, New-born and Child Health (MNCH) by the end of 2015. Nigeria’s 2015 target for MDG4 (Under-5 mortality) is 70 deaths per 1,000 live-births and 250 deaths per 100,000 live-births for Maternal Mortality Ratio (MMR). However, the findings of the current National Demographic and Health Survey (NDHS) show that under-5 mortality is 128 per 1,000 live births, while the MMR stands at 576 deaths per 100,000 live births.
Nigeria is recording approximately 800,000 under-5 deaths every year, accounting for about 11% of total global under-five deaths.

As much as 40% of these deaths result from diseases that…

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