Every third child born in India is premature, said neonatologists in Mumbai while stressing on the need to check this trend by improving the nutrition of young women. It is estimated that 3.6 million premature births took place in India in 2010. India is the biggest contributor to the world’s prematurity burden.
Statistics provided by the NNF and the Indian Foundation of Premature Babies show that 25% of all neonatal deaths in the world occur in India. If we can control three factors, including infection among neonates, the death rate will come down drastically by 90%. Doctors said a social overhaul is needed to change the statistics. One way to break this cycle would be to start focusing on the girl child. If women are taught well and focus on their nutrition, the mortality associated with premature births would decrease.
Today’s women lead a stressed life and many work until late. Their nutrition is often neglected. These factors play an important role when it comes to preterm babies. Moreover, today women have their first kid after 30, which also is one of the reasons for preterm babies. Nearly 60 to 70% of the Indian women are anaemic and need better nutrition to prevent them from having preterm babies.
Source: Times of India 22 Nov ‘ 2015