A new revelation has emerged that Imo state has topped the chart in the South Eastern states when it comes to the usage of condoms within that region.
Daily Post quoted Maureen Zubie-Okolo, a monitoring and evaluation specialist with United Nation Children’s Fund (UNICEF), as saying this on Friday, February 2, during a briefing in Enugu State.
She was said to have made this known while unveiling the Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey (MICS) to newsmen.
According to the report, among the South East states, Imo has the highest figure which is 75.9%.
She added that “Imo is closely followed by Anambra who has 66.0% and 57.6% for Enugu while Abia and Ebonyi states are the states with the least amount of condom usage, with Abia having 53.5% and Ebonyi having 27.5%.”
The official explained that Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey was carried out in 2016/2017 by the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) in collaboration with UNICEF and it is used to assist the government in policy formulation.
Daily Trust also reports that she said more Nigerian children risk death before their 5th birthday.
According to her, 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.
She added that Nigeria ranked third behind Niger Republic and Senegal in the country with the highest rate of childhood mortality.