Sun, 27 Nov 2022

LUSAKA, Nov. 17 (Xinhua) -- Zambia on Thursday joined the rest of the world in commemorating World Premature Day with the government reaffirming its commitment to reducing child deaths and putting an end to avoidable deaths of newborns.

"This is feasible if we improve the general health status of our mothers before conception, improving our antenatal care, enhance management of labor and the postnatal period," Zambian Minister of Health Sylvia Masebo said during the commemoration held under the theme "A Parent's Embrace: a powerful therapy, enable skin-to-skin contact from the moment of birth".

She said the current status of deaths of babies in Zambia within the first 28 days of life at 27 per 1,000 live births was unacceptably high, adding that 30 percent of all the deaths were attributed to prematurity.

According to her, the figures were far beyond the global target of newborn deaths in the first 28 days of life, pegged at 12 per 1,000 by 2030.

She called for concerted efforts from all stakeholders to reverse the current situation and urged people nursing premature babies to embark on embracing and cuddling them, caring for them, and ensuring zero separation for maximum benefits.

The minister said premature babies were vulnerable and required more intensive care to reduce adverse health outcomes.

"This year's theme particularly reminds us of the need to keep babies together with their mothers as unnecessary separations do more harm than good," she added.

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