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Infant mortality deaths a worry

By Arishma Devi The Minister for Health Dr Neil Sharma is concerned about the recent increase in infant mortality deaths in the country. The rise has also been attributed to
22 Oct 2012 09:49

By Arishma Devi

The Minister for Health Dr Neil Sharma is concerned about the recent increase in infant mortality deaths in the country.
The rise has also been attributed to the six cases of infant death that were reported to the Fiji Police.
Police spokesperson Ana Naisoro said the reports received showed a worrying trend that showed that most of the infants were sick at home and later died when they were taken to hospital for treatment.
She stressed that the basic post mortem of the infants showed that they suffered from viral pneumonia.
Meanwhile Dr Sharma said the mortality and the illness of the infants and children were a result of poor and careless measures taken by the parents and guardians.
He stressed that while the Health Ministry repeatedly advocated on such health issues and stressed the health concerns strictly, the final determiners of the children’s health remained the parents and the social background and lifestyle present in the surrounding.
“We continue to do our part daily as we advocate health issues and the need for health check ups and vaccines are announced daily through general media however there seem to be many who do take such words lightly.”
He said that early childhood vaccines have been introduced to help address the probalem.
“We also have anti natal care lessons for mothers on how to look after their babies and their health with 12 different vaccines along with new resolutions to fight against the upcoming viral and diseases.”
He stressed the infants mortality in the country has been due to increase in improper planning and early pregnancies and single parenthood.




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