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Neonatal death rate still too high

According to a new report by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) the death rate of newborns is increasing at an alarming pace in poorer nations across the world. Of the 184 countries featured in the report, the Dominican Republic is in 51st position with a newborn death rate of 20.8 for each thousand live births. The means than one in every 48 children born will die in the first month of life.

The report highlights that access to quantity and quality of well trained nurses, complying with prenatal rules and protocols, maternal lactation in the first hour after birth, skin to skin contact and good nutrition all make a difference.

Across the world, in low-income countries the average is 27 deaths for each 1,000 live births, and in high-income countries it is three deaths per thousand. The report goes on to say that more than 80% of the deaths happen in cases of premature births, or are caused by complications during the birth or infections such as pneumonia and sepsis.

Source: DR1, Listindiario

Feb 25, 2018

Category: DR News |

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