HYDERABAD, India, 17 November - 2016 - As prominent public places across the world lit up purple to observe ‘World Prematurity Day’ on 17 November, Hyderabad’s famous monuments and buildings including the Charminar, Buddha Statue and Niloufer Children’s Hospital turned purple too!
For the first time, the Government of Telangana in partnership with UNICEF invited experts, obstetricians and pediatricians to come together to mark the ‘World Prematurity Day’ by organising a symposium to raise awareness on premature birth and highlight the concerns of preterm babies.
Dr Yaron Wolman, Chief of Health, UNICEF India, said, “This day is a key moment to focus global attention on the leading cause of deaths amongst under five children – complications from preterm birth – that accounts for over 1 million deaths each year. Without a major push to reduce these deaths, we will not reach the Sustainable Development Goal that is endorsed by 193 countries including India, to end all preventable newborn and child deaths by 2030.”
India has the highest number of premature births as well as deaths of premature newborns in the world, and prematurity is also the leading cause of death of newborns in SNCUs (Special Newborn Care Units) of Telangana.