Right care at right time can save 30 million newborn every year: UNICEF

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New Delhi, Dec 16 (ANI): Around 30 million babies are born too soon, too small or become sick each year and need speacialised care to survive, reveals a new report by a global coalition that includes United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF) and World Health Organisation (WHO). The report, also found that among the newborn babies most at risk of death and disability are those with complications from prematurity, brain injury during childbirth, severe bacterial infection or jaundice, and those with congenital conditions. Additionally, the financial and psychological toll on their families can have detrimental effects on their cognitive, linguistic and emotional development. In 2017, some 2.5 million newborns died, mostly from preventable causes. Almost two-thirds of babies who die were born premature. And even if they survive, these babies face chronic diseases or developmental delays. In addition, an estimated 1 million small and sick newborns survive with a long-term disability. With nurturing care, these babies can live without major complications. Other measures like resuscitating a baby who cannot breathe properly, giving the mother an injection to prevent bleeding, or delaying the cutting of the umbilical cord could also save millions. According to the report, the world will not achieve the global target to achieve health for all unless it transforms care for every newborn. To save the newborns, the report recommends for round-the-clock inpatient care for newborns seven days a week. It also suggested training nurses to provide hands-on care working in partnership with families and harnessing the power of parents and families by teaching them how to become expert caregivers and care for their babies, which can reduce stress, help babies gain weight and allow their brains to develop properly. Providing good quality care should be a part of country policies, and a lifelong investment for those who are born small or sick, it said.

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