United Nations Children’s Fund, UNICEF, Chief field officer in Nigeria, Celine Lafoucriere, has restated the organisation’s commitment to partner with the Lagos State government to ensure that every new-born survives and strives in the state.
Lafoucriere made this known at the inauguration and dissemination of the Lagos State Every New-born Action Plan.
She assured that UNICEF would support the action plan on the budget implementation with the aim to address the Sustainable Development Goals 3.2 of the United Nations.
According to reports, the Sustainable Development Goals 3.2 targets new-born and child mortality to end preventable deaths of newborns and children under 5 years of age by 2030, globally.
A report by UNICEF with the title; “Situation of Women and Children in Nigeria”, states that the country records 576 maternal mortality per 100 thousand live births, while approximately 262,000 babies die at birth every year.
In his remarks, Permanent Secretary, Lagos State Ministry of Health, Olusegun Ogboye, said action plan was the strategy of the government to accelerate the reduction of preventable newborn death and still birth.