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Nigeria records 20,210 births on Jan. 1

UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) reports that
approximately 20,210 babies were born in
Nigerian on the New Year’s Day.
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.
Nigeria records births on new year day
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The agency reported that 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, 69,070; 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 more newborns
survive their first days 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 first 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
In all, 2.6 million children died before the
end of their first month, the global
children’s 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.
In February 2018, UNICEF would launch
‘Every Child Alive,’ a global campaign to
demand and deliver affordable, quality
health care solutions for every mother and
These include a steady supply of clean
water and electricity at health facilities,
the presence of a skilled health attendant
during birth, disinfecting the umbilical
cord, breastfeeding within the first hour
after birth, and skin-to-skin contact
between the mother and child.
“We are now entering the era when all the
world’s newborns should have the
opportunity to see the 22nd century,”
Peterson added.
Unfortunately, nearly half of the children
born this year likely will not, the UNICEF
official regretted.
“A child born in Sweden in January 2018
is most likely to live to 2100, while a child
from Somalia would be unlikely to live
beyond 2075,” he lamented

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