UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) reports that approximately 20,210 babies were born in Nigerian on the New Year’s Day, January 1st 2018.
UNICEF stated that the births, represented third largest population of newborns in the world on Jan. 1, 2018.
It further revealed that nearly 386,000 babies would be born worldwide on New Year’s Day, representing some 90 per cent in less developed regions.
The agency reported that Kiribati’s Christmas Island in the Pacific would most likely welcome 2018’s first baby while the U.S., its last.
UNICEF reveals that over half of these births are estimated to take place in nine countries globally and these include: India, 69,070; China, 44,760; Nigeria, 20,210; Pakistan, 14,910; Indonesia, 13,370; United States, 11,280; Democratic Republic of Congo, 9,400; Ethiopia, 9,020; and Bangladesh, 8,370.
While many babies would survive, some would not make it past their first day, UNICEF regretted.
UNICEF’s Chief of Health, Stefan Peterson, said on Monday that the UN children’s agency was challenging nations around the world to make sure more newborns survive their first days of life.
“This New Year, UNICEF’s resolution is to help give every child more than an hour, more than a day, more than a month – more than survival,” Peterson said.
In 2016, an estimated 2,600 children died within the first 24 hours every day of the year, according to the UN agency.
UNICEF said that for almost two million newborns, their first week was also their last.
In all, 2.6 million children died before the end of their first month, the global children’s agency regretted.
Among those children, more than 80 per cent died from preventable and treatable causes such as complications during delivery, premature birth and infections like sepsis and pneumonia, UNICEF said.
“We call on governments and partners to join the fight to save millions of children’s lives by providing proven, low-cost solutions”.
The world in the past 20years has seen unprecedented progress in child survival, halving the number of children worldwide who die before their fifth birthday to 5.6 million in 2016.
Notwithstanding the advancement, there has been slower progress for newborns, UNICEF noted adding, babies dying in the first month account for 46 per cent of all deaths among children under five.