Wednesday , October 5 2022

20,000 babies are born prematurely each year in Tunisia


Each year, 20,000 babies are born prematurely in Tunisia or about 50 babies a day born before the end of 37 weeks of pregnancy.

Professor Zahra Bensaid Marrakchi, head of neonatal revitalization and youth rejuvenation at Charles Nicolle Hospital in Tunis, said that this figure represents 10% of the number of births per year (more than 200 thousand).

According to her, several risk factors are responsible for premature birth in pregnant women, such as under the age of 18 or over 35, smoking, alcoholism, multiple pregnancies, premature birth history, stress, excessive fatigue associated with professional or family work and daily travel.

According to Pr Marrakachi, in Tunisia and as in most countries, early age becomes the leading cause of death at birth. Every year about 15 million babies are born prematurely (37 weeks pregnant).

This number is increasing. At the beginning of about one million deaths a year in 2015, complications of premature births are the leading cause of death in children under 5 years of age.

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