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More Nigerian children risk death before their 5th birthday, the new Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey (MICS5) has revealed.
In her presentation at a two-day media dialogue in Data-driven reporting using MICS 2017 yesterday, the United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF) Monitoring and Evaluation specialist, Maureen Zubie-Okolo said though there is a significant decrease in childhood mortality rate, the probability of dying between birth and the first birthday (infant mortality) dropped from 97 (MICS 2011) to 70 (MICS 2016-2017) per 1000 live births, but with the current rate of 1 out of 10 children dying before their fifth birthday, Nigeria still has the highest childhood mortality rate in the world.
The MICS data also revealed that the probability of a child dying between birth and 5th birthday reduce from 158 (MICS 2011) to 120 (MICS 2017) per 1000 live births.
She added that Nigeria ranked third behind Niger Republic and Senegal in the country with the highest rate of childhood mortality.
Zubie-Okolo said the MICS5 data would enable users to be objective and also help to make comparison and reasonable predictions in giving useful informations to the public.
Professor Ayo Ojebode of the University of Ibadan in his presentation titled, " Data-driven News Reporting" charged reporters to make use of data development stories which can indeed influence policy making in the country.
He said data development stories save lives because we are bringing the attention of policy makers into the matter we are reporting.
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