Friday, January 20, 2012

NO Child Born To Die - Is God Blind?

Bengal hospital horror wobble regional political milieu in West Bengal and get squabble amongst the politicians – such infant death indicates our profound disgrace and gross incompetence of heathcare system in India, so demonstrate our primitive approach to deal with child mortality. It is unfortunate and utter surprise for the entire nation- despite all the facts, so called leaders are trying to find scapegoat to the subject matter and political parties censuring each other.

India accounts for the highest number of child mortality (child death under five years of age) in the world at 1.95 million per year. With over 240 million children under the age of five, India contributes 25 percent of the world’s child deaths. It is evident that a major turnaround in India will ensure a significant impact globally!. “More than 1 million child deaths in India can easily be prevented every year.” – UNISEF. What is baffling is that a vast majority of these deaths could be easily averted. Simple measures like exclusive breast-feeding for six months can prevent child deaths by a good 16%. Proven strategies and interventions such as keeping the newborn baby sufficiently warm, neonatal resuscitation, micronutrient supplements such as vitamin A and zinc and antibiotics for sepsis, pneumonia and dysentery are expected to be discussed.

Almost 10.5 million children, under age of 5 years die every year in the world. Nonetheless visible progress has been made since 1970, when the count was more than 17 million. These reductions did not take place uniformly across time and regions, but the success stories in developing countries demonstrate clearly that low mortality levels are attainable in those settings. The effects of such achievements are not to be underestimated. If the whole world were able to share the present child mortality experience of Iceland (the lowest in the world in 2002), over 10 million child deaths could be prevented each year. Fifteen other countries, mainly European countries but including Japan and Singapore, had child mortality rates in 2002 of less than 5 per 1000 live births.

Research and experience show that most of the children who die each year could be saved by low-tech, evidence-based, cost-effective measures such as vaccines, antibiotics, micronutrient supplementation, insecticide-treated bed nets, improved family care and breastfeeding practices, and oral rehydration therapy.

“The main causes of death are pneumonia, diarrhea, malaria, measles, neonatal fatalities, and HIV. –WHO. 1 child dies every 5 seconds as a result of hunger, 700 every hour, 16 000 each day, 6 million each year - 60% of all child deaths. Children are at greater risk of dying globally if they are poor. Socioeconomic differences contributes major part in child mortality; malnutrition and the lack of safe water and hygiene contribute to half of all these children’s deaths.

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