November 18, 2020
The National Population Commission (NPC) has raised the alarm over the growing rate of child mortality in the country, saying relevant stakeholders must rise to the occasion to arrest the ugly trend. Federal Commissioner of the NPC in charge of Ekiti State, Mr. Ayodeji Ajayi, stated this in Akure during the virtual and verbal launch of the National Population Commission (NPC) 2019 Verbal and Social Autopsy (VASA) study report.
Ajayi, represented by the Ekiti State Director of NPC, Mr. Adeyanju Samuel Ayomola, said the report, generated in collaboration with the federal ministries of Health and Women Affairs, Bureau of Statistics, the academia, USAID, among others, indicated that a lot more still needed to be done.
According to him, the exercise was in fulfillment of the constitutional mandate of the commission to collect data for planning purposes so as to assist policy-makers plan and formulate policies for the health sector in relation to infant and child mortality in Nigeria.