The increasing rate of mothers abandoning their babies at hospitals has become a worry for health workers, who are calling for an intensified public education on the misconception with having a preterm baby.
The health professionals say the situation needs an urgent intervention as it threatens the progress made so far in reducing neonatal deaths in the country.
A preterm birth is when a baby is born alive before 37 weeks of pregnancy is completed.
Deaths occurring among newborns, especially babies less than a month old continue to be high in the country although evidence shows a reduction in under five mortality.
Despite a 20 percent reduction in under five mortality between 2008 and 2014, 90 newborns die daily in the country, with as many as 30,000 newborns losing their lives annually before reaching the first month of their life. The death of these babies can be preventable by giving timely and cost-effective interventions.
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Story By: Atakora Collins (Diploma 1D) And Vicentia Afi Kugbadzi