The Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen Tukur Buratai has stated that the Nigeria Army is committed to the reduction of infant mortality in the country.
Buratai, who stated this during an event to commemorate the 2018 Children’s Day celebration organised by a Non-governmental organisation, the Yellow Jerrycan Save A Child Foundation, added that the military was working assiduously towards ensuring the reduction of the death of Nigerian children especially at birth.
The army chief who was represented by the Commander of the Nigeria Army Medical Corp. Brig. Gen. Ikechukwu Okeke said the Nigerian Army’s interest spurred from the fact that the mortality rate among children in Nigeria is one of the highest in the world.
Buratai who revealed that the coverage of immunisation in the country is only 38 percent, stated that the Nigerian Army is working towards bridging this gap to ensure that more Nigerian children receive immunization.
She called on the stakeholders in the health sector as well as well meaning Nigerians to join hands with her foundation to bring succour to mothers who continue to lose their infants due to lack of adequate attention to their plight.
The chairman of the House Committee on Health, Hon. Chike Okafor, in his remark said the House of Representative was also doing everything to ensure that lives of children and infants in the country were secured through the passage to the appropriate legislation.
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