NPC Reveals Nigeria’s Current Life Expectancy Statistics

The National Population Commission (NPC) has revealed that the current overall life expectancy of individuals in Nigeria stands at 52.2 years.

Speaking at the 52nd Session of the United Nations Commission on Population and Development in New York, the Acting Chairman of NPC,  Hassan Bashir said Nigerians “60 years and over currently represents less than five per cent of the entire population, while overall life expectancy is 55.2 years”.

The World Health Organisation describes life expectancy as the average number of years that a newborn is expected to live if current mortality rates continue to apply.

 

Source: The Nation

 

Speaking further, Bashir added that “As you may be aware, Nigeria’s estimated population is currently at over 198 million with an annual growth rate of 3.2 per cent.

“The total Fertility Rate remains at 5.5 per woman; 63 per cent of the entire population is under the age of 25; 42 per cent is under the age of 15 years.

“Fifty per cent of the female population is in the reproductive years, while 54.8 per cent of the population constitutes the working age,” the Nigerian population chief said.

He said data available indicated that unintended and unwanted pregnancies were common as 23 per cent of the adolescent girl age 15 to 19 years have commenced reproduction.

Bashir said the situation had put women, especially young girls, at risk of maternal death which stands at 576 deaths per 100,000 live births.

He added that 61 per cent of women of reproductive age who had live births within this period received antenatal care from skilled providers.

However, only 36 per cent of them had their deliveries in health facilities and 38 percent of the deliveries were attended to by skilled birth assistants, he said.

According to him, Nigeria recently concluded the field work of its national demography and health survey in 2018 and while it awaits the outcome of that survey, early and child marriage still persists.

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