Nige­ria Ranks Third in Pre­ma­ture Birth Glob­ally

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The wife of the Kebbi State Gover­nor, Dr. Zainab ShinkafiBagudu at the week­end dis­closed that Nige­ria was ranked third among 10 top coun­tries with high rate of preterm birth of 773,600.

Bagudu dis­closed this in Abuja when the Na­tional As­so­ci­a­tion of Nige­rian Pae­di­atric Nurses (NANPAN) paid ad­vo­cacy visit on her, thereby at­tribut­ing the sta­tis­tics to the lat­est data from the World Health Or­gan­i­sa­tion (WHO). Ac­cord­ing to the News Agency

of Nige­ria (NAN), preterm birth also know as pre­ma­ture birth is the birth of baby at fewer than 37 weeks ges­ta­tional age.

She frowned at the rat­ing, lament­ing that a lot of preterm re­lated death of­ten oc­curred due to lack of so­phis­ti­cated equip­ment that would en­sure proper care for the ba­bies.

She how­ever noted that it was im­por­tant and high time for the na­tion to rise up to its re­spon­si­bil­i­ties by coming up with in­no­va­tions and poli­cies that would help in sav­ing the lives of num­ber of neona­tal death.

Bagudu said, “Pre­ma­tu­rity is the lead­ing cause of new­born death world­wide and if we can save some of these ba­bies we will def­i­nitely record more eco­nomic im­pact in our coun­try.

“The re­sources in terms of hu­man and ma­te­rial that is ex­pended on pre­ma­ture birth and ba­bies dy­ing ev­ery year is enor­mous and we can do some­thing about it,” she said.

Bagudu iden­ti­fied one of the easy ways to re­store the lives and en­sure bet­ter health for pre­ma­ture ba­bies to in­clude Kan­ga­roo Mother Care (KMC), adding that it would en­able the baby cud­dle with mother in the absence of in­cu­ba­tors.

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