Health
866 Jubilee babies likely to die this November
Publish Date: Oct 14, 2012
.
  • mail
  • img

By Carol Natukunda

On Tuesday, Uganda’s 50th Independence anniversary, little Jubilee was the first baby to be born at a medical centre in Kyebando, in Wakiso district.

The Jubilee celebration’s “first baby” was born at 12:44 am to 25-year-old Namukasa. “I am very excited. Her name is Jubilee,” she says.

Baby Jubilee is among the over 3,300 babies born on the day Uganda celebrated the independence golden jubilee countrywide.

Health experts explained that the Golden Jubilee babies born in hospitals were only a drop in the ocean. The majority are born at their homes in rural areas.

With a population growth rate of 3.2% per annum, about 1.2 million babies are born every year, which translates into an average of 3,333 babies per day.

Will the babies survive?

According to statistics, 26% of newborns die in their first month of life, which means about 866 of the jubilee babies will die before 9th November.

Dr. Miriam Sentongo, a senior doctor in the reproductive health division in the ministry of health, says while Uganda’s newborn mortality rate has reduced by 2.2% between 2000 and 2010, the statistics of deaths are still way too high.

In fact, in Kampala, it was reported that at least two of the children who were born on Independence Day died shortly after birth.

“Most newborn deaths occur at home, among the rural poor due to infections resulting from poor hygiene and lack of means to care for the baby.

"Some babies die because they are underweight, or because of birth complications; others succumb to diarrhoea or malaria,” Sentongo said at a recent conference on gynaecology in Uganda.

Pneumonia remains the leading cause of deaths among children followed by premature delivery – or babies who were born before nine months, according to experts.

“We have to prevent the births that come too soon. We need to find ways of ensuring that a baby keeps in the womb for 36 weeks,” Dr. Margaret Nakakeeto, a paediatrician, observes,

She adds that cost effective methods like Kangaroo mother care, which involves holding the premature baby closer to the mother’s chest, would make a difference.

However, Fred Muhumuza, the economic advisor in the finance ministry, affirms that due to government initiatives such as universal primary education, vocational training, entrepreneurship programmes and improved infrastructure, these Jubilee babies will have better education and quality of life than the previous generations.

The statements, comments, or opinions expressed through the use of New Vision Online are those of their respective authors, who are solely responsible for them, and do not necessarily represent the views held by the staff and management of New Vision Online.

New Vision Online reserves the right to moderate, publish or delete a post without warning or consultation with the author.Find out why we moderate comments. For any questions please contact digital@newvision.co.ug

  • mail
  • img
blog comments powered by Disqus
Also In This Section
Elderly should take cholesterol-lowering drugs
Nearly everyone aged 66 to 75 should consider taking cholesterol-lowering drugs called statins to reduce their risk of heart attack and stroke....
Should you really go for that barbecue?
Nutritionists warn that barbecues could be a recipe for disaster because such food contributes to the risk of cancer....
Can robots help stop the Ebola outbreak?
The US military has enlisted a new germ-killing weapon in the fight against Ebola - a four-wheeled robot that can disinfect a room in minutes with pulses of ultraviolet light....
Carbs more harmful than saturated fats - study
Carbohydrates are linked to heightened levels of a fatty acid linked to increased risk for diabetes and heart disease....
UN warns Ebola still far from over
The head of the UN Ebola mission warns that the world is "far, far away" from beating the deadly outbreak....
Obesity blamed for 5% global deaths
Obesity is blamed for around 5 percent of all deaths worldwide, with nearly 30% of world population overweight....
Should Govt lease parts of Lake Victoria to private developers?
Its Ok
No Way
Not Sure
follow us
subscribe to our news letter