UNDP report says life expectancy in Nigeria now 53.1 years

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[Abuja]–The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has said that life expectancy in Nigeria has now increased from 46.1 in 1990 to 53.1 years in 2015.

This is contained in its Human Development Report of 2016.

“The report shows that between 2005 and 2015, Nigeria’s HDI increased from 0.466 to 0.527 – a 13.1 percent increase”, said UNDP Resident Representative Edward Kallon in Abuja on Tuesday.

“This is encouraging, but given the humanitarian challenges already alluded to, and the economic recession witnessed in 2016, there is an urgent need to design policies and programmes to ensure that the upward trend in human development is not reversed.”

However, he expressed optimism that the Economic Recovery and Growth Plan (ERGP) which focus on restoring growth, investing in people and building a globally competitive economy recently launched by the Federal Government has outlined several medium-term policies and programmes that could keep Nigeria on a positive development trajectory.

It should be noted that the Federal Government in the recently launched economic recovery plan has revealed that “there are several reasons for the poor performance of our healthcare services. These include insufficient financing, inadequate and inequitable access, weak supply chain management, limited human resource capacities and insufficient coordination, cohesion and accountability.”

The Federal Government’s health policy in the plan “aims to improvement the availability, accessibility, affordability and quality of health services by increasing access to primary health care services, expanding health coverage and improving the quality of the services provided,” among others.

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