NEWS: NIGERIA RECORDS 20,210 BIRTHS ON THE 1ST OF JANUARY 2018


To maintain equilibrium on earth and part of natural existence of man on earth, as man dies daily so is man born daily. This is simply process of continuation of life and natural circle.
As the calendar ushers us into a brand new year, some good news came with it while some bad news also happened but one of the good news is the birth record in Nigeria on January 1st 2018.

The births, represented third largest population of newborns in the world on Jan. 1, 2018.
UNICEF also said nearly 386,000 babies would be born worldwide on New Year's Day, representing some 90 per cent in less developed regions. The agency reported that in Kiribati's Christmas island in the pacific would  most likely welcome 2018's first baby while the U.S., its last.

Globally, over half of these births are estimated to take place in nine countries, according to UNICEF.

These are: India, 69,090; China, 44,760; Nigeria, 20,210; Pakistan, 14,910; Indonesia, 13,370; United States, 11,280; Democratic Republic of Congo, 9,400; Ethiopia, 9,020; and Bangladesh, 8,370.

While many babies would survive, some would not make it past their first day, UNICEF regretted.
Stefan Peterson, UNICEF's chief of Health, said on Monday that the UN children's agency was challenging nations around the world to make sure newborns survives their first day of life.

"This New Year, UNICEF's resolution is to help give every child more than an hour, more than a day, more than a month, more than survival," Peterson said.

In 2016, an estimated 2,600 children died within the 24 hours every day of the year, according to the UN agency.
UNICEF said that for almost two million newborns, their first week was also their last.

In all, 2.6 million children died before the end of their first month, the global children agency regretted.
Among those children, more than 80 per cent died from preventable and treatable causes such as premature birth, complications during delivery, and infections like sepsis and pneumonia, UNICEF said.

Peterson stressed:

"We call on governments and partners to join the fight to save millions of children's lives by providing proven low-cost solutions"

Over the past two decades, the world has seen unprecedented progress in child survival, halving the number of children worldwide who die before their fifth birthday to 5.6 million in 2016.

But in spite of these advances, there has been slower progress for newborns, UNICEF noted adding, babies dying in the first month account for 46 per cent of all deaths among children under five.


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