REPLACEMENT The Minister of Health, Ms. Harusi Said Suleiman, has called for the maximum protection of premature babies, saying that premature birth is not a curse.
Speaking at a news conference organized as one of the events marking this year's World Prevention Day, she said members of society did not accept premature babies for false impression and superstition that it was a curse in the family.
"We have a lot of people in the world, including Zanzibar who were born prematurely, but they are now a great people in the country, and some are even leaders. So when you are giving birth to an unwed baby, do not leave it and your mother should not leave her husband," said Mrs. Sulejman.
She asked members of society and parents to love pregnant mothers before and after childbirth, claiming that studies have shown that a family relationship has a major impact on the pregnant mother on the safe giving of a child.
Health experts say that stress that can be caused by discrimination or any abuse such as beating or abandoning can lead to premature delivery. Other problems associated with childbirth include prematurely the use of narcotics, cigarettes, diabetes, intimidation, poor nutrition and inheritance.
With the help of pediatrician and local maternal and disease prevention experts, the deputy minister said that the good relations of both parents, including visits to the clinic, are important for the health of children, especially the despised babies.
Speaking on behalf of their colleagues, Dr. Ali Omar of the Ministry and Dr Mariam Hemed of UNICEF said that the deceased babies are a global problem and the main cause of infant mortality.
Dr. Omar said: "It's sad that in the past we do not have statistics on the level of the problem, but last year (2017) we recorded 3,054 premature babies of which 2,982 were nursing in the Kengaroo centers, from January to September of this year, premature babies 1.413. "
Preterm birth occurs between 28 and 37 weeks of pregnancy, according to the World Health Organization (WHO), premature birth is the leading cause of death in children under five years of age.
The Day of Intent, marked on November 17th, raises awareness of this serious health crisis and, without a major move to reduce death, the countries are hardly achieving a global target, supported by 193 countries, in order to end all prevented infant and child deaths by 2030. years.