WORLD PREMATURITY DAY: “Act Now! Keep Parents and Babies Born Too Soon Together“

WORLD PREMATURITY DAY: “Act Now! Keep Parents and Babies Born Too Soon Together“

Epe General Hospital has commemorated the 2021 World Prematurity Day with the theme: “Zero Separation” with the tagline, “Act Now! Keep Parents and Babies Born Too Soon Together”. Information Guide Nigeria

According to, the Medical Director of Epe General Hospital, Dr. Oluseyi Adesola during the ceremony emphasised that Preterm Pregnancy is not an issue for the mother alone but all concerned stakeholders, including the government, nation builders, doctors, traditional birth attendants, and everyone caring for pregnant women.

Dr. Adesola disclosed that the World Prematurity Day, which is celebrated in November every year, was designed to enlighten the public on the challenges and burden of preterm birth globally.

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According to Dr. Adesola, World Prematurity Day is an opportunity to advocate for every parents’ right to unrestricted access to their babies in the hospital, no matter where and when.

Dr. Adesola said: “The commemoration also affords all the opportunity to celebrate our babies, the health workers, and mothers.

“Prior to this time, we had a low survival rate of preterm babies in Epe GH but from the moment the Mother and Child facility was provided, we have had a very high rate of survival because we now have better equipment to handle preterm cases. We really appreciate the State government for making it possible”.

Also Speaking, the Head of Pediatrics Department at the Hospital, Dr. Busayo Babatunde said: “The government has a major role in the continued survival of preterm birth by providing good road network, adequate security, more health workers and facilities needed to care for the babies”.

Dr. Babatunde noted that although the survival of preterm babies worldwide is still very low, there has been a huge increase in survival rate due to the improvement in the way the babies are cared for after discharge from hospital. Jamb Result

According to, speaking on the topic “After Discharge, What Next”, the Medical Officer for Health (MOH), Epe Primary Healthcare Centre (PHC), Dr. Nurain Ayeola highlighted the strategies to adopt for the survival of preterm babies, such as Growth Monitoring, Exclusive Breastfeeding, Immunisation, Oral Hydration, Family Planning, and Female Education.

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Idongesit Akpa-Ayang

Idongesit is a graduate of Communication Arts, University of Uyo. Currently working as a news reporter at InfoGuide Nigeria.

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