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Nigeria: A health sector in crisis, By Emmanuel Nwachukwu

Nigeria: A health sector in crisis, By Emmanuel Nwachukwu

Redacted article courtesy of – Premium Times

At a time when people are generally living longer, with a global average life expectancy of 73 years, the average Nigerian will be lucky to attain the age of 60.

With a life expectancy of 55 years, Nigeria is one of four countries with the lowest life expectancies in the world, after the Central African Republic, Lesotho, and Chad, based on the latest data from the United Nations.

At the root of early deaths in Nigeria is a healthcare system that has virtually collapsed due to the lack of investment. The latest World Health Organisation survey ranks Nigeria’s healthcare system as the fourth worst in the world.

This would not come as a surprise to Nigerians living in a country where there are no ambulance services or a simple toll-free number, like 999 to call in an emergency. In the unfortunate event of a heart attack, the chances of survival in Nigeria are dire.

Link to full article:  https://www.premiumtimesng.com/opinion/477854-nigeria-a-health-sector-in-crisis-by-emmanuel-nwachukwu.html

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