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World Prematurity Day Commemoration-Nigeria sets Additional Standards for Newborn Care

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World Prematurity Day Commemoration-Nigeria sets Additional Standards for Newborn Care

Pregnant women are encouraged to access early prenatal care, as this will improve early detection of existing medical conditions.

ABUJA, Nigeria, November 26, 2021 / APO Group / –

To mark this year’s World Prematurity Day, which is celebrated globally on November 17 each year, the Federal Ministry of Health (FMOH) has released four guidelines and a training manual for newborn health.

Documents presented include: Do Kangaroo Mother Care (KMC) Operational Guidelines, National Guideline for Basic Newborn Care (NGBNC), National Guidelines for Comprehensive Newborn Care (NGCNC), and National Guidelines for Comprehensive Newborn Care (NGCNC) Training Manual.

Presenting the guidelines at the WFoH on November 25, 2021, Health Minister Dr. Osagie Ehanire stated that the guidelines will set additional standards for newborn care in Nigeria. Therefore, he called for careful application of the content of the guidelines at the sub-national level and in primary health care centers that will help reduce the high neonatal mortality currently recorded in Nigeria.

The minister added that “it has been established that diabetes, high blood pressure, smoking and obesity increase the risk of premature birth. Therefore, pregnant women are encouraged to access early prenatal care as this will improve early detection of existing medical conditions and will also provide the platform for counseling against alcohol and smoking during pregnancy, in addition to emotional and psychological support for the pregnant woman and her family. “

World Prematurity Day is commemorated every November 17 with the aim of raising awareness of the challenges of preterm birth and emphasizing the risks and consequences faced by premature babies and their families around the world.

Worldwide, preterm birth is the leading cause of death in children under the age of five; Every year, about 15 million babies worldwide are born prematurely, that is, about 1 in 10 children. In Nigeria, premature babies are estimated to contribute 9% of neonatal deaths. The 2021 Commemoration Theme: Zero Separation, Act Now! Keeping Parents and Babies Born Too Soon Together: Addresses the immediate needs of newborns who are “born too early.” It prioritizes zero separation of babies born too early from their parents, which is to increase the chances that premature newborns will survive and thrive.

In his message of goodwill at the event, the Representative of the World Health Organization (WHO) in Nigeria, Dr. Walter Kazadi Mulombo, congratulated the WFoH on the various documents that are being released. He stated that the papers have identified cost-effective interventions to save newborns that include immediate skin-to-skin contact and early initiation of breastfeeding for newborns. “Skin-to-skin contact, as soon after birth and as continuously as possible, has positive and protective effects, such as the regulation of the heart and respiratory rate, the prevention of sepsis (severe infection), hypothermia (temperature low body) and hypoglycemia (low blood sugar), as well as a reduction in hospital readmissions. We believe that the implementation of these documents at the subnational level will improve our neonatal health outcomes, ”he says.

He further reaffirmed WHO’s commitment to continue working with the Nigerian Government at all levels and particularly in the areas of WHO’s comparative advantages, committing that “on this occasion, WHO joins the Federal Ministry of Health to affirm that newborn care and reduction of neonatal mortality are among the important goals, not only for the health sector, but also for Nigeria as a country towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. WHO reaffirms our three billion goal as our commitment to promoting health and well-being, keeping the world safe and serving the vulnerable, achieving universal health coverage and ensuring that no one is left behind, as our vision of one world. where all people achieve the highest possible level of health and well-being has not changed. ”

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