NEONATAL MORTALITY AS OUR SHAME.
The absolute number of Indian children dying is chilling -- 100 per hour. The stagnation in the neonatal death rate has Indian experts and international agencies worried, as neonatal deaths account for almost 50 percent of all childhood deaths in the country.
Remember, most of these deaths are preventable. Simple measures like encouraging mothers to feed newborns in the first hour ( in some regions, this is delayed owing to superstitions), avoiding early bath, proper dressing of the umbilical cord stump and providing an ambulance to ferry the mother and child to a healthcare facility, in case of an emergency, can save the lives of lakhs of children every year.
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|Date:||Nov 19, 2009|
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