Save the Children International has reported that about 22,000 girls die annually in Nigeria as a result of pregnancy related complications and early marriage.
The communication officer of the organization, Mr. Kunle Olawomi, in an information released to the media in Dutse, Jigawa state, said the report was part of the organization’s way of celebrating the International Day of the Girlchild.
Kunle explained that, reports has indicated that Nigeria has the highest rate of child marriages and teenage maternal mortality rate which is higher than anywhere in the world, added that the cases worsen as a result of early marriage in the country
The Save the Children International has raised concerns that Nigeria is ranking highest in pregnancy and childbirth related mortality with a whacking death figure of 22,000 girls annually.
“Nigeria has the highest rate of child marriages and teenage maternal mortality rate which is higher than anywhere in the world.
“Although nearly 80 million child marriages globally have been prevented in the last 25 years, progress had been stalled even before the COVID-19 pandemic which has only worsened inequalities that drive child marriage”. The statement noted.
Kunle explained that sequel to the school closures families were thrown into poverty, women and girls face an increased risk of violence during lengthy lockdowns. stated that 10 million girls are now expected to marry by 2030, leaving more girls at risk of dying”.
According him:-“Childbirth is the number one killer of teenage girls because their young bodies aren’t ready to bear children. The health risks of children having children cannot, and must not, be ignored, the statement emphasized”.
The Organization called on the Governments as a matter of urgency to prioritize on the girlchild and ensure they’re protected from child marriage and premature childbirth-related deaths.