One newborn child dies in Ghana every 15 minutes – UNICEF

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One newborn child dies every 15 minutes in Ghana with 30,000 newborn

deaths recorded each year. This according to a statement by the United

Nations International Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF), accounts for

40% of the under- five mortality in Ghana. Three out of the four

children who die each hour could be saved through simple, effective

and low-cost interventions according to the statement, describing the

deaths as unnecessary. It said deaths of the newborn in Ghana over the

last 10 years had remained unchanged. The statement further states,

"Infections (31%), preterm and low birth weight (29%), and

complications including asphyxia (breathing difficulty 27&) make up

over three- fourth (87%) of the causes of newborn deaths in Ghana."

"As many as 24,000 newborn babies in Ghana can be saved annually using

these low-cost interventions," the statement said. The statement

suggested that proven low-cost interventions such as keeping the baby

warm, early initiation of breastfeeding at birth, exclusive

breastfeeding, timely management of infections and hygienic umbilical

cord care were simple ways that could save the lives of the newborn.

Source: The Finder

Kofi Oppong Kyekyeku

I am a Ghanaian Broadcast Journalist/Writer who has an interest in General News, Sports, Entertainment, Health, Lifestyle and many more.

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