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Poll reveals major causes of death in Nigeria

24 March 2015, 16:10 Okoro Chinedu

Lagos - The majority of Nigerians have cited sickness, poverty and motor accidents as the major causes of death in the country.

Terror, despite its prevalence, does not feature as the major cause.

This is according to findings by a regional polling agency, which established 26 percent of Nigerians believe sickness is the highest cause of deaths while 24 percent and 16 percent cite auto crashes as the main cause respectively.

NOIPOlls conducted the poll in the background of the World health organisation indicating the country’s mortality rate was high.

In line with this finding, most respondents (65 percent) were of the opinion that Nigerians did not live up to old age in recent times; with perceptions divided between ‘50 years or less’ and ‘70 years’ (26 percent
each) as the current life expectancy in Nigeria.

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Although the World Health Statistics 2014 report published by the WHO revealed that the life expectancy in Nigeria rose from 46 years in 1990 to 54 years in 2012.

According to NOIPolls, the findings from this poll highlight crucial implications for key policy reforms in Nigeria's public health system, poverty alleviation and rural development planning, and the transportation and road sector.

The menace of road accidents kills nearly 1,3 million people annually.

The opinion poll was conducted in the week of March 16.

It involved telephone interviews of a random nationwide sample. A total of
1 000 randomly selected phone-owning Nigerians aged 18 years and above, representing the six geopolitical zones in the country, were interviewed.

“With a sample of this size, we can say with 95 percent confidence that the results obtained are statistically precise - within a range of plus or minus 3 percent,” NOIPolls stated.

- CAJ News

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