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15 million babies are born prematurely annually

By Gabriel Olawale

As the world will tomorrow mark 2015 Prematurity Day, the World Health Organisation has disclosed that no fewer than 15 million (1 in 10 babies) babies are born prematurely each year.

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According to the global health body, of these, about 1 million babies die from complications due to prematurity.

Who stressed that more than three quarters of these babies could be saved through better access to quality care and medicines for both mother and baby.

Complications of preterm births are the leading cause of death among children under five years of age. Without appropriate treatment, those who survive often face lifelong disabilities, including learning, visual and hearing problems and their quality of life is greatly affected.

In an effort to improve preterm birth outcomes, WHO has published recommendations for managing preterm births that are designed to save lives and improve the health of preterm infants. Many of these recommendations are simple, proven and cost-effective measures.


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