According to UNICEF, approximately 20,210 babies born into the country on the New Year’s day.
This represents the third largest population of newborns in the world on Jan. 1, 2018, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said.
UNICEF also said 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.
Globally, over half of these births are estimated to take place in nine countries, according to UNICEF.
These are: 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 said while many babies would survive, some would not make it past their first day.
Speaking on Monday, Stefan Peterson, UNICEF’s chief of health, said the agency is 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,” he 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 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 said.
Among those children, more than 80 percent died from preventable and treatable causes such as premature birth, complications during delivery, 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.”
According to UNICEF, the number of children who die before their fifth birthday has reduced by half but 46 percent of children die in their first month of life.
UNICEF said it will launch ‘Every Child Alive,’ a global campaign to demand and deliver affordable, quality health care solutions for every mother and newborn in February 2018.
These include a steady supply of clean water and electricity at health facilities, the presence of a skilled health attendant during birth, disinfecting the umbilical cord, breastfeeding within the first hour after birth, and skin-to-skin contact between the mother and child.