Cause of death of infants revealed

2015-10-07 06:00

THE statistician general and chairperson of African Statistical Development in Africa, Pali Lehohla, revealed that in 2013, a total of 25 729 infants had died within a year of being born, out of a total of 860 393 births.

For the 14 604 still births, 13,3% died from complications of pregnancy, labour and delivery, followed by complications of placenta and membranes (9%), fetal growth defects and low birth weight (4,7%), intra-uterine lack of oxygen (3,6%) and brain malformations (1,2%).

Lehohla said of the 7 470 newborns that had died within seven days, 18% died from short pregnancy and low birth weight, 14% from respiratory distress, 10% from lack of oxygen induced physical damage, 9% from conditions related to pregnancy and 7% from bacteria. Of the 2 968 that had died between 8 and 28 days after birth, 35% died due to low birth weight, 30% from respiratory distress, 22% from conditions related to pregnancy, 12% from bacteria and 10% from lack of oxygen induced physical damage

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