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Preterm complications leading cause of death among Indian children under the age of five in 2015

Preterm birth complications was the leading cause of death among Indian children under the age of five in 2015, followed by pneumonia, intrapartum-related events and diarrhoea, according to two studies published in The Lancet. Preterm birth complications accounted for 25.5 per cent of the under 5 mortality, followed by pneumonia, a largely preventable but sometimes deadly infectious disease, which accounted for 15.9 per cent of such deaths. Intrapartum-related events (during labour and after birth) and diarrhoea made for 11.1 per cent and 8.9 per cent of such deaths respectively. The studies highlighted that India had more deaths among children under five than any other country in 2015, with large disparities in the child mortality rates between richer and poorer states. Most (57.9 percent) of deaths among Indian children under five in 2015 occurred in the first four weeks of life - the neonatal period, one of them stated. Infectious illnesses were more often among the top causes of ..


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