New Year 2020: India Had The Most Child Birth On 1st Jan
New Year and a new decade are here! And India welcomed 2020 with the birth of approximately 67,385 babies on New Year’s Day. This is highest in the world, followed by China (46,299), Nigeria (26,039) and Pakistan (16,787), Indonesia (13,020) and the United States of America (10,452) among others.
Reportedly, UNICEF released the projections on Wednesday and it showed that Indian babies were likely to account for 17% of the estimated 392,078 babies to be born globally on New Year’s Day.
The UNICEF also said that Fiji in Pacific will most likely deliver the first baby of 2020. After that, the United State would deliver its last. UNICEF, the United Nations agency responsible for giving humanitarian and developmental aid to children around the world, celebrates the birth of babies born on New Year’s Day. The day is considered to be auspicious for childbirth around the world.
Doctors in Delhi and NCR said they delivered several babies here. One doctor said, “Some of them chose this day for delivery through caesarean section because they wanted their child to be born in a new year. Some felt it’s auspicious to welcome their bundle of joy in a new year.”
According to a statement released by UNICEF in 2018, 2.5 million newborns died in just their first month of life; nearly a third of them died on the first day of life. Among them, most died due to causes that could’ve been prevented. These include premature birth, complications during delivery, and infections like sepsis.
On top of that, the UNICEF said more than 2.5 million babies are born dead each year. But there is a bright side to the story – Over the past three decades, the child survival rate around the world has progressed impressively. This has cut the number of children worldwide who die before their fifth birthday by more than half.
But in comparison to it, the progress for newborns has been slower. Among the children dying under the age of five in 2018, babies dying in the first month accounted for 47%. This was an increase from 40% in 1990.
UNICEF is currently running a campaign for immediate investment in health worker with the right training. These workers will have the right medicines to ensure every mother and newborn are in safe hands. They will help prevent and treat complications during pregnancy, delivery and birth.
Henrietta Fore, UNICEF Executive Director said, “Too many mothers and newborns are not being cared for by a trained and equipped midwife or nurse, and the results are devastating.” She further added, “We can ensure that millions of babies survive their first day and live into this decade and beyond if every one of them is born into a safe pair of hands.”
To all the children born on New Year, welcome into this world! And to all our dear readers, Happy New Year! Keep reading Befazool Manoranjan for more