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Non Communicable Diseases Leading to Premature Births- Medics

Dr Charles Kabugo a consultant physician says the situation is worsened by the fact that many especially young people are unaware that they are hypertensive.
Babies sharing a warmer at the Kawempe hospital neonatal unit

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High blood pressure and early deliveries are driving babies to the Intensive Care Unit, experts have revealed. 

Dr Charles Kabugo a consultant physician says the situation is worsened by the fact that many especially young people are unaware that they are hypertensive.  

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Citing pre-eclampsia, a pregnancy-induced high blood pressure that compels a woman to be birthed early, Dr Charles Kiggundu, a consultant Gynaecologist says all health facilities that offer maternity services should be planning to have neonatal units if babies are to be saved.  

In just a day, at the Neonatal Unit of Kawempe National Referral Hospital which is biggest in the county with a bed capacity of 60, up to 100 babies born before the elapse of nine months are admitted. 

Dr Lawrence Kazibwe, an Obstetrician at the hospital says many pre matures are delivered by mothers below 22 years.    

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Dr Victoria Nakibuuka a Neonatologist at Nsambya hospital said even with the challenge of the rising number of preterm births, many health workers don’t know how to adequately care for these small babies and therefore need guidelines on how to handle such cases.  

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According to a UNICEF report, Survive and Thrive: Transforming care for every small and sick new-born, about 30 million babies were born too soon or too small in 2018 globally.

For Uganda, the number of babies born preterm annually is estimated at 225,000 according to a report shared during the Reproductive Health symposium held in Kampala early this month.

 Many of these die partly because they don’t receive the appropriate care they require.

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