India welcomes 67,000 babies, most of the world, on January 1

NEW DELHI: India welcomed an estimated 67,385 babies, the tallest in the world, in 2020 on the Day. It was followed by China (46,299), Nigeria (26,039), Pakistan (16,787), Indonesia (13,020) and the United States of America (10,452) among others.

According to UNICEF, which published these projections on Wednesday, Indian babies will probably represent 17 percent of the 392,078 babies that will be born worldwide on New Year's Day.

UNICEF said that Fiji in the Pacific will probably give birth to the first baby of 2020. The United States, its last. Every January, UNICEF, which is the United Nations The agency responsible for providing humanitarian and development assistance to children around the world celebrates Children's Day, an auspicious day for the birth of children around the world.

Several doctors were also born in the region of the national capital, doctors said. “Some of them chose this day for childbirth through a C-section because they wanted their son to be born in a new year. Some felt it was auspicious to welcome their bundle of joy in a new year, ”said a doctor.

However, for millions of newborns worldwide, the day of their birth is much less auspicious, an official said. In 2018, UNICEF said in a statement that 2.5 million newborns died in their first month of life alone; About a third of them on the first day of life.

Among those children, most died from preventable causes, such as premature delivery, complications during childbirth, and infections such as sepsis. In addition, more than 2.5 million babies are born dead every year, says UNICEF.

In the last three decades, the world has seen remarkable progress in child survival, reducing by more than half the number of children worldwide who die before their fifth birthday.

But there has been slower progress for newborns. Babies who died in the first month accounted for 47 percent of all deaths among children under five in 2018, compared to 40 percent in 1990.

UNICEF is carrying out an immediate investment campaign in health workers with adequate training, which are equipped with the appropriate medicines to ensure that each mother and newborn is cared for by a pair of safe hands to prevent and treat complications during Pregnancy, childbirth and childbirth.

Too many mothers and newborns are not being cared for by a trained and equipped midwife or nurse, and the results are devastating, said Henrietta Fore, UNICEF Executive Director. She added: We can ensure that millions of babies survive their first day and live in this decade and beyond if each of them is born in a pair of safe hands.