Tuesday, 7 February 2017

USAID:240,000 Children Die In Nigeria Annually From Diarrhoea

According to the United States Agency for International Development (USAID,least 240,000 Nigerian children die every year from diarrhoea related illness. one of the commonest diseases during childhood. The Office Director of USAID Nigeria, Nancy Lowenthal, while she was speaking at the launch campaign against diarrhoea organised by the Sustaining Health Outcomes in the Private Sector Plus (SHOPS PLUS) in conjunction with USAID in Makurdi, stated that the disturbing figure of children dying from diarrhoea ranked the country as the second highest in the world. She also pointed that diarrhoea, pneumonia and malaria as the leading causes of childhood killer diseases, stressing the need for partners and stakeholders to join hands together in order to end all forms of preventable child and maternal morbidity. Chief of Party, SHOPS Plus Nigeria, Mrs Ayodele Iroko,while giving her address, noted that her organisation,which is a flagship project of USAID, has its aim at increasing the use of priority health services through the strategic expansion of private sector whole health system. Iroko further note that the campaign "Push Diarrhoea Away" would foster zero tolerance for diarrhoea deaths in children under the age of five in all communities in Benue State while also helping the kids to complete their immunisation. Source: Daily Trust