Washington: Over 3.6 lakh children under age five die from pre-term birth complications each year in India, says an alarming study published in the prestigious journal The Lancet, adding that the complications of pre-term birth now outrank all other causes as the world’s number one killer of young children.
“This marks a turning of the tide, a transition from infections to neonatal conditions, especially those related to premature births, and this will require entirely different medical and public health approaches,” said Joy Lawn from London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine who is a member of the research team.
According to Lancet study, the countries with the highest numbers of children under-five dying from pre-term birth complications each year are: India (361,600), Nigeria (98,300), Pakistan (75,000), Democratic Republic of the Congo (40,600), China (37,200), Bangladesh (26,100), Indonesia (25,800), Ethiopia (24,400), Angola (15,900) and Kenya (13,300).
To raise awareness about increasing deaths from complications from premature births, more than 200 countries, non-government organisations, UN agencies, medical and health organizations will participate in the Fourth World Prematurity Day Monday.
“On World Prematurity Day, I urge all partners to recognise the vital importance of addressing prematurity as we strive to improve women’s and children’s health,” said United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon.
Since 2000, the worldwide mortality rate of children under-five has declined dramatically from 76 to 46 deaths per 1,000 live births in 2013
Isn’t that shocking news for the India that we are the lead in pre-term birth complication deaths: Lancet.
“Think about it India”
Source by : Zee Health News