According to current rankings by UNICEF; Nigeria has one of the highest newborn deaths. The present newborn mortality rate of 29 deaths per 1,000 deaths puts Nigeria as 11th highest with newborn deaths.
According to a new report on newborn mortality released by UNICEF; one million die the day they are born, while 2.6 million newborns around the world do not survive their first month of life, this reports shows that global deaths of newborn babies remain alarmingly high yearly, particularly among the world’s poorest countries.
This report notes that 8 of the 10 most dangerous places to be born are in sub-Saharan Africa, where pregnant women are much less likely to receive assistance during delivery due to poverty, conflict and weak institutions.
It is estmated that globally in low-income countries; the average newborn mortality rate is 27 deaths per 1,000 births, the report says. In high-income countries, that rate is 3 deaths per 1,000.