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19 May, 2019 00:00 00 AM / LAST MODIFIED: 18 May, 2019 11:08:53 PM
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Alarming rate of low birth weight babies

That a whopping 28 per cent new born babies are underweight in Bangladesh should be a serious concern for all including the relevant government agencies and the health professionals who are working in Bangladesh with maternal mortality and child health. The figure of low birth weight babies has come from a global study recently published in The Lancet Global Health.

The concerned people working in Bangladesh in the field must first come with the reasons why babies with serious low weight are born and then address the problems. Two common causes in Bangladesh of babies weighing 2.5 kilo are the prevalence of child marriage across the country and poverty that prevent the would-be mothers to take the right kind of nutritious foods. There is also an overriding lack of awareness among a large number of people that can be behind the birth of low weight babies.

There are still many mothers coming from the society’s educated and rather financially well off families who give birth to babies not fully developed in weight. Inherent diseases of mothers also contribute to the malnourished foetus inside the womb.

Therefore, there are multiple reasons for which babies are born with low weight that can be potentially very dangerous problem as underweight newborns who survive also have a greater risk of stunting as well as developmental and health problems, including diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

Not surprisingly, in the study of The Lancet Global Health it was found that national governments are doing too little to reduce low birth weight and this is also true in Bangladesh’s case. For countries like ours, undernourishment of mothers is considerably responsible for birth of underweight babies despite these mothers fulfill the pregnancy term.

We do not expect that Bangladesh government would provide nutritious foods to mothers of poor families, but it can certainly reach the information on right kind of nutrition for a pregnant mother and instant medical help to them. Generating awareness can play a key role in reducing the percentage in birth of underweight and stunted babies.

It is very alarming: among the 184 nations worldwide five countries have low birth weight rates above 20 per cent in the years from 2000 to 2015 and Bangladesh is one of them.

 

 

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Published by the Editor on behalf of Independent Publications Limited at Media Printers, 446/H, Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1215.
Editorial, News & Commercial Offices : Beximco Media Complex, 149-150 Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1208, Bangladesh. GPO Box No. 934, Dhaka-1000.

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