The Minister of Health Dr Osagie Ehanire said the federal government is working effectively to address the issue of premature birth in the country.
He said part of the mechanisms include the launching of three new born guidelines documentation.
The Minister made the disclosure while briefing Journalists and partners on the occasion of World Premature day 2021 celebration in Abuja.
The Minister also launched three new born guidelines documentation which are;The Kangaroo Mother care operational guidelines, the national guidelines for basic new born, and the national guidelines for comprehensive newborn care.
Speaking further, the Minister emphasized the need to create and draw attention on awareness about issues associated with premature birth. ” There is need to spread information on the need to support and help the families affected by providing emotional and psychological guidance to parents with premature babies”.
Save The Children Advocacy campaign and Policy manager Ifedilichukwu Ekene Innocent, said the child rights body has trained health workers on saving premature children.
“We appreciate the Federal Ministry of health and other partners for the launching and commemoration of the World Premature day. The significance of the policy documentation and guidelines training manual cannot but be overemphasized “.
“We are working with the ministry of health in several areas especially in area of new born and child health. We supported the recently concluded child health policy with the nutrition department, where we carried out situation analysis on child health nutrition to truly understand necessary tools on ground.”
The Minister of State for health, Dr Olorunnimbe Mamora said “according to the World Health Organization, 1 out of 10 babies are born prematurely every year.” Anyone can give birth to premature babies irrespective of the type of job, where we live, economy status and qualifications. Premature babies face serious life long health challenges “.