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Nigeria’s High Mortality Rate  Blamed On Poor Health Sector

An international health consortium, Afrihealth Nigeria Limited, has blamed Nigeria’s high mortality rate on the country’s poor health indices.

Chief Executive Officer of the organisation, Dr. Chijioke Mbelu, stated this at a media briefing in Port Harcourt, also stating that the 8th edition of the “Afrihealth Expo”, is scheduled to hold in Port Harcourt from July 21 to 23, 2022.

Mbelu said the high mortality rate had also led to the proliferation of substandard medical substances that had put the lives of many Nigerians at risk.

While putting the rate of infant mortality at 56 percent, the medical expert also said government’s misplaced priorities on the sector had also affected the lives of the citizenry.

He stressed the need for the private sector to be actively involved in the sector, saying that ending medical tourism in the country must be the collective resolve of all. The National Assembly should come up with legislation that will compel the government to fund the sector, he urged.

He said Afrihealth Expo, which started eight years ago, was out to encourage the private sector to come into the sector and serve as an avenue for practitioners to brainstorm and find solutions to problems associated with the health sector.

The chief executive officer mentioned that the Port Harcourt event was being sponsored by Afrihealth Nigeria Limited, in conjunction with the Association of Nigeria Private Medical Practitioners and Health Care Providers Association of Nigeria.