“The first two years, a difficult period for premature babies”
It is estimated that 15 million premature babies are born worldwide each year and their numbers are increasing. Premature babies make up about 10% of the total number of births, according to Dr Sai Sunil Kishore, a consultant neonatologist at Medicover Hospitals.
A program was organized at the hospital on the occasion of World Prematurity Day on Wednesday. The theme is “Zero separation, act now”. Keep parents and babies born too early together â. The program saw the participation of approximately 50 premature babies, born in Medicover as well as outside, and their parents.
The objective was to raise awareness about premature births, the concerns of premature babies and their families, their possible health problems and the role of the doctor in providing them with the necessary care during the first years after birth.
Dr Sai Sunil Kishore expressed his concern at the alarming increase in the number of premature and low birth weight babies observed in the recent past. Babies born between 22 and 28 weeks gestation are considered critical “the limits of viability” and the chances of survival are minimal, even at the best of Western standards. The survival of these babies would only be possible with 24-hour care, supported by state-of-the-art infrastructure and facilities. These babies need regular doctor’s follow-up for two years after birth and any illness would cause serious concern to the family for some time.
Gynecologists Dr Vidya Rama, Dr Geetha Vandana, Dr Radhika, Dr Sowdhamini, Neonatologists Dr Vijay Krishna, Dr Rahul and Dr Sudarshan and Administrator of Shyamala Hospital, Nurses and other members of the hospital team participated in the program.