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Low Birth Weight And Premature Delivery Major Causes Of Newborn Deaths In India

Low Birth Weight And Premature Delivery Major Causes Of Newborn Deaths In India

by The Daily Eye Team November 4 2016, 3:22 pm Estimated Reading Time: 0 mins, 39 secs

The death of every other newborn in India can be traced to either low birth weight (LBW) or premature delivery. The death of every other newborn in India can be traced to either low birth weight (LBW) or premature delivery — a reflection of poor maternal health and an inadequate healthcare system — according to an India Spend analysis of census data. Neo-natal mortality is defined as death during the first 28 days of life. And India reports the highest numbers in the world: As many as 700,000 newborns die in India each year — 29 per 1,000 births. This accounts for 26 per cent of neo-natal deaths in the world, according to UNICEF. Thirteen African countries have better infant mortality rates (IMR) than India, India Spend reported in May 2016.

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