'Saving Newborn Lives in Nigeria' reveals that every year 241,000 babies die in the first month of life in Nigeria making it the African country with the highest newborn death toll. More than a third of children's deaths are attributed to maternal and child undernutrition and the report calls for an increased focus on reducing newborn deaths, the vast majority of which are avoidable. It says thousands of newborn lives can be saved using simple methods, such as teaching mothers about danger signs, encouraging them to seek help early and making sure there is enough medicine and enough healthcare workers at community health centres. The policies are mostly in place and the cost is affordable so now priority must be given to implementing these policies and making sure the poorest families receive this essential care.
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Ministry of Health, Federal Republic of Nigeria
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