Wednesday 20 January 2016

Nigeria ranks second in global rates of stillbirths

Studies published yesterday by The Lancet showed that Nigeria ranked second in the global rates of stillbirths.
The report said over 3,000 lives are lost to stillbirth a day across the world, most of which are preventable. Pakistan ranked first while Chad ranked third. Two-thirds of last year’s 2.6 million stillbirths were in Africa.
Half of stillbirths happen during labour as a result of preventable conditions, notably syphilis and malaria, the report added. The studies argue stillbirths are preventable through high-quality antenatal care.
The studies said there is a widespread belief that stillbirths are due to birth defects and are unavoidable. However, it pointed out that this only accounts for 7.3% of stillbirths after 28 weeks. A notable exception is Rwanda, which the studies point out was able to reduce the number of stillbirths.

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