Today, November 16, Liberia will join other nations around the world to commemorate the World Premature Day, which also coincides with the celebration of Child Health Week (12-17 November 2018), a press release said.
According to the press release, World Prematurity Day, also known as "Born Soon", is noticed on November 17 each year; but this year's celebration is scheduled for today, November 16, because November 17 falls on Saturday.
This year's holiday is under the theme "Working Together: Partnership with families in the care of young and sick newborns."
World Prematurity Day is a key moment to focus global attention on premature birth, which is a very serious health problem and the leading cause of death in children under five in the world; complications from premature birth which, according to the United Nations Children's Fund, account for nearly one million deaths each year.
Babies born too early, they say, may have more health problems than babies born on time and may experience long-term health problems that affect the brain, lungs, hearing or vision.
Without a major push to reduce these deaths, according to the press release, the world will not reach the global target of 193 countries to end all preventable deaths for newborns and children by 2030.
World Prematurity Day supports the values and objectives of each Newborn Action Plan, an initiative of the Every Woman, Every Child movement that mobilizes multisectoral support worldwide to save lives and improve the welfare of mothers and their children.
World Prematurity Day or Very Fast Birth aims to raise awareness of premature birth or premature babies and the concerns of preterm babies as well as their families around the world.
It draws attention to the special problems faced by infants born prematurely and celebrating the development and growth of older children and children born too soon.
Also, the day disseminates information on how to help and support affected families.
According to the communiqué, the US Agency for International Development (USAID), the Mother and Child Survival Program (MCSP), the Restoration of Health Services and Human Resources for Health Projects are working with authorities from the Ministry of Health (MS) and other health care partners to promote the "care for premature birth" campaign.
The campaign, launch notes, emphasize "quality care ahead, between and during pregnancy for a positive pregnancy experience."
Other services and care include counseling on healthy diet and optimal nutrition, avoiding tobacco consumption, alcohol consumption and substances; monitoring fetal growth measurements, determining gestational age and detecting multiple pregnancies, and a minimum of eight contacts with health care professionals and professionals at Community level during pregnancy to prevent, identify and manage other risk factors, including malaria, and infections at all levels.
Additional services include access to contraceptives and increasing women's ability to express pregnancy, providing antenatal steroid injections (given to women pregnant with premature labor and eminent delivery according to established criteria to strengthen children's lungs) and care for Kangaroo mother is transported by the mother with skin-to-skin contact) and nutrition, indicating only maternal breast milk or breastfeeding, as well as providing antibiotics for the treatment of neonatal infection as needed and postnatal care, essential care for each mother and child .
According to UNFPA statistics, 15 million children are born prematurely each year, more than one in ten of all children around the world.
From a medical point of view, the term prematurity refers to the birth of a child born less than 37 weeks of gestational age. It is also known as premature birth or premature birth.
In Liberia, midwives and doctors from five service providers for obstetrics schools are now making success in managing complicated maternal and infant cases, including premature and premature babies.
This initiative is credited for the skills gained from the high frequency process for the delivery of quality health care services implemented at Bong County Phebe Hospital, Curran Lutheran, Lofa County, Martha Tubman, Grand Gedeh County, ransom and Japanese Friendship Hospital maternity, Montserrado.