Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole

Dele Ogbodo in Abuja

The Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, on Thursday said Nigeria accounted for 8 percent of global infant mortality rate, making it 69 deaths in every 1,000 babies.

While admitting that the country’s health indicators are poor, he said its mortality rate is 576 in every 100,000 live births, making the country responsible for one in nine maternal deaths worldwide.

Adewole acknowledged that Nigeria’s health system is fragmented and poorly coordinated, adding that the market structure is therefore inefficient, which makes it difficult for it to interact at scale.

He said: “We have poor human resources, technologies and infrastructure and therefore produce less in terms of outputs and outcome.”

The minister, who spoke at a healthcare workshop organized by Biostadt and Siemens in Abuja, said demand for critical health services is very low which is driven by a loss of confidence in a system infamous for poor service delivery.