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Peadiatric Association of Nigeria moves to curb child mortality

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To curb child mortality rate in the country, Paediatric Association of Nigeria (PAN), a non-governmental organisation has pledged support in advocacy and immunisation of children under the age of five.

President of PAN, Dr. Ngozi Ibeziako, who made the pledge during a conference in Abuja, said that Nigeria was ranked second in world indices of under five mortality because of abysmal under five mortality rate.

Ibeziako said her association (PAN) would do everything possible to reduce mortality rate across the country, adding that people have to be equipped for them to cope with the emergencies when they arise.

“We have a workshop currently running on vaccinology, taking us to immunization because we think immunization is the best thing you can start a Child off with right from day one of their birth.”

She added: “We are making sure that the vaccines are available which involves the government, because we need the political will for them to make sure that vaccines are available so that mother’s can be encouraged to go give this vaccines to prevent preventable diseases.”

Also, Dr. Austine Omoigberale, on his part called on the Federal Government to show its political will by providing infrastructure in the rural areas to stem rural-urban migration of nurses and midwives.

“Government must use our taxes to develop our areas, our roads, electricity housing, we are the voice of the voiceless and the voiceless are women and children,” Omoigberale said.

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