Nigeria is the most populous country in Africa with about 198 million people. It is made up of more than 250 ethnic groups, 380 languages and a diverse range of cultural beliefs. There is no need to emphasize the fact that Nigeria as a country lags behind in all health indicators. These deficiencies are manifest in our unacceptably high numbers in Infant and Maternal Mortality, poor life expectancy, high disease burden and deaths from preventable disease conditions.
Recent data according to the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention has shown the top 10 causes of death in Nigeria. This calls for critical thinking, awareness and enlightenment of the risk involved and deployment of strategies to prevent these deaths.
These top 10 causes of death according to this report include:
- Diarrheal Diseases
- NTDs & Malaria
- Neonatal Disorders
- HIV/AIDS & TB
- Cardiovascular Diseases
- Diabetes/Urological/Blood/Endocrine Disorders
- Unintentional Injuries
- Other Non-communicable Diseases
- Nutritional Deficiencies
Source: GBD Compare
A comparison with the United States shows the top 10 causes of deaths as:
- Heart diseases
- Chronic lower respiratory diseases
- Alzheimer’s disease
- Influenza and Pneumonia
- Kidney diseases
It is important that policy makers and the general public keep these statistics close to heart.This will enable every stakeholder to know where to direct intervention or activism to prevent or reduce unnecessary deaths.
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