Happy Independence Day Nigeria!

nigeria2Today, on October 1st,  LiveMD celebrates Independence Day with all of the people of Nigeria

On October 1st, 1960, the people of Nigeria claimed their independence from British rule. Officially known as the Federal Republic of Nigeria, this coastal country is located on the Western side of Africa. With a population of over 179 million people, this country boasts a rich and celebrated culture and beautiful landscape.

Health Statistics

The average life expectancy in Nigeria is 55 years of age, one of the lowest life expectancies around the world. This is due partly to the fact that access to quality health care is limited, especially in rural areas. Another contributing factor is the lack of sanitation throughout the country. It is estimated that nearly 57 percent of the population does not have access to clean drinking water and over 130 million people are lacking proper sanitation facilities when going to the bathroom. Since Nigeria is the most densely populated country in Africa, and their population continues to grow, something needs to be done soon to improve the living conditions and sanitation issues to improve the quality of life for all of the country’s inhabitants.

Predominant Health Concerns

Water and Sanitation Issues – Every year nearly 54,000 children under the age of 5 die from diarrhea due to waterborne illnesses caused by poor sanitation facilities and a limited access to clean drinking water. This lack of available water poses a large challenge in other ways as well. Many women and children spend the majority of their time travelling long distances to collect water for their family. Often, hours a day are spent walking to fetch this water, time that could be spent earning a living, managing a farm or going to school and getting an education.

Influenza – Nigeria is ranked as being the country with the 4th highest incidence of influenza in the world. With proper medical care and hydration, influenza is easily treatable however in a country that is lacking in medical care and clean water, the death rates from this virus continue to rise each year.

Violence – Throughout its history, Nigeria has had many instances of unrest and violence, leading to the death of many of its people. Today Nigeria faces threats from its diamond mining and oil industries and from religious conflict between the christians and muslims. The muslim extremist group Boko Haram has been responsible for thousands of brutal deaths over the past few years and the number continue to increase.

LiveMD would like to celebrate with Nigeria today and wishes everyone a very happy Independence Day!

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October 1st, 2016 by