Studies by the World Health Organisation (WHO) and UNICEF shows that in every 16 seconds a mother somewhere in the world lose a baby at birth.
In a statement, UNICEF, Executive Director Ms Henrietta Fore said stillbirths can be avoided through proper antenatal care.
“Losing a child at birth or during pregnancy is a devastating tragedy for a family, one that is often endured quietly, yet all too frequently, around the world,
“Every 16 seconds, a mother somewhere will suffer the unspeakable tragedy of stillbirth. Beyond the loss of life, the psychological and financial costs for women, families and societies are severe and long lasting. For many of these mothers, it simply didn’t have to be this way. A majority of stillbirths could have been prevented with high quality monitoring, proper antenatal care and a skilled birth attendant.” She said.
Meanwhile, WHO Director General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said it is critical for the whole world to invest in medical practitioners.
“Welcoming a baby into the world should be a time of great joy, but every day thousands of parents experience unbearable sadness because their babies are still born,
“The tragedy of stillbirth shows how vital it is to reinforce and maintain essential health services, and how critical it is to increase investment in nurses and midwives.” He said.
Furthermore, Global Director for Health, Nutrition and Population at the World Bank and Director of the Global Financing Facility for Women, Children and Adolescents Muhammad Ali Pate said pregnant women should be taken care of during their pregnancy and also at birth so as to avoid the issue of stillbirths
“COVID-19 has triggered a devastating secondary health crisis for women, children and adolescents due to disruptions in life-saving health services,
“Pregnant women need continued access to quality care, throughout their pregnancy and during childbirth. We are supporting countries in strengthening their health systems to prevent stillbirths and ensure that every pregnant woman can access quality health care services.” He said.