Pakistan, Afghanistan Worst for New-born Babies: UNICEF

WASHINGTON: Afghanistan and Pakistan have been declared among the worst countries for the new-born babies.

This was revealed in a report issued by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).

The report has declared Pakistan as the worst country with a Neonatal Mortality Rate (NMR) of 45.6. The report claims that every 22nd child in Pakistan dies in the first month of birth.

The report titled “Unicef Neonatal Morality Rates 2018” on the deaths of newborn children around the world, according to which a record number of the newborn death are recorded in Pakistan.

The report includes Afghanistan and the Central African Republic as the next riskiest countries after Pakistan, having an NMR of (42.3), followed by Afghanistan (40), Somalia (38.8) and Lesotho (38.5).

The report has informed that newborn babies in Japan, Singapore and Iceland are the healthies at birth.

“Japan is the best country with an NMR of 0.9, followed by Iceland (1.0), Singapore (1.1), Finland (1.2) and Slovenia (1.3),” the report reveals.

The report has mentioned that  Pakistan is facing severe challenges in the health sector.

According to the report, the death of newborn children in under-developed countries is more than 50% as compared to developed countries.


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