Improved healthcare delivery in Enugu state has attracted commendation from health experts visiting from the United States of America with particular attention in the area of infant care which the government has made a focus.
TVC News Bamidele Ajayi reports that the 2017 United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund global data for infant mortality reveals that 2.5 million children die in their first month of life.
Approximately, 1 million die on the first day and another 1 million dying within the next 6 days.
The report states further that a child’s risk of dying is highest in the first 28 days of life, during the neonatal period. About 47% of all under-5 child deaths were among newborn infants, a number that rose from 40 % in 1990.
The report also reveal causes of death as pneumonia, diarrhoea, birth defects and malaria. Malnutrition is the underlying contributing factor,
making children more vulnerable to severe diseases.
Finding a solution to this informed the visit of these pediatric experts from Cooper University Hospital in New Jercey, USA.
Their mission is to train and re-train Doctors, Nurses and health caregivers on essence of modern pediatric care.
Troubled by the Global Infant and maternal mortality figure but then encouraged by the improved infrastructure provided by Enugu state government to ensure the state records less of the five child killer diseases, the team of experts said their mission was to ensure right manpower and knowledge are
available to every caregivers in the state.
The medical experts dwell more on the need to sustain the provision of improve primary health care centre as it exist in the state, with functional Intensive Care Unit.
For the Enugu state government, its efforts has placed the state as the lowest in infant and maternal mortality rate ratio in the country.
The world has over the years seen a significant reduction in infant mortality but how to sustain this progress remains the concern of many.