Recent Nigerian National Demographic Survey (NDHS) presented by Partnership for Advocacy in Child and Family Health (PACFaH) has revealed that in Kano state, for every 1000 live-birth, 185 of them will die before they mark their 5th birthday and this had translated to one in every five children is dying before attaining the age of 5.
Presenting the fact sheet during an advocacy visit on the treatment of childhood pneumonia and diarrhoea, to the Managing Director Kano state Drugs and Medical Consumables supply Agency (DMCSA), programme director PACFaH, Pharmacist Remin Adeseun said pneumonia and diarrhoea accounts for 14% and 15% of the foregoing under-five mortality rate respectively, adding that advocacy has become necessary as Kano state has the highest burden of childhood pneumonia in North-Western region of the country.
Mr. Adeseun stressed that the under-five mortality rate in the state is alarming going by the report, which states that the annual live-birth figure in Kano state is 575,000; of which 101,000 die before their 5th birthday, due to child killer diseases which according to the report are all preventable diseases.
He therefore called on the state government to domesticate the National Strategic Plan of Action for Nutrition (NSPAN) as a measure of saving the lives of these children.
In his address, the MD DMCSA, Pharmacist Magaji Dahiru Zarewa stated that, Kano state has already adopted the Amoxicillin dispensable tablet and the agency has been working with a lot of grassroots Civil Society Organisations to ensure the success of reduction in under-five mortality rate in the state.